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Men with low testosterone ‘should be screened for depression’


Researchers from George Washington University have discovered that men with low levels of testosterone were more likely to suffer from higher rates of depression than the general population.

The study, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, involved 200 men between 20 and 77, who were referred to a specialist for low levels of testosterone.[1]

Depression or depressive symptoms were present in 56% of the participants. A quarter of the men were on antidepressant medication.

The study participants had a high rate of obesity and a low level of physical activity, two common symptoms of depression.

Researchers concluded that doctors should be screening for depression and depressive symptoms, overweight and unhealthy lifestyle factors in men who are referred to a specialist for low testosterone levels.

Michael S. Irwig, associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Andrology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, says: “In an era where more and more men are being tested for lower levels of testosterone, there is very little data about the men who have borderline low testosterone levels.”

“We felt it important to explore the mental health of this population.”


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