The importance of hormones in our bodies can never be underestimated. The hormones are the chemical messengers that help our bodies to accomplish most of its functions. Without hormones, there is nothing that can be accomplished in our bodies, think of it as a chain that is cut in the middle, that means that the wheel cogs has nothing to hold onto so as to power the wheels to initiate movement. These chemical messengers travel in your bloodstream to tissues and organs. The hormones affect such crucial processes as growth and development, metabolism, Sexual function, Reproduction and Moods among other crucial functions.
In men the most dominant hormone is referred to as testosterone. This hormone is known to many as the sex hormone but in reality it has more than just function. It does much more. It is produced in the testes in men and it’s responsible for the physique of a man as it responsible for masculinity. It does other vital functions like production of red blood cells, increasing bone mineral density, distribution of fats in the body and even regulation of moods in men. Low testosterone denies a person a chance to enjoy some of the good feelings that are associated with optimum levels of this hormone. Those who have low testosterone levels suffer bad moods and may find it difficult maintaining relations in social circles.
Low testosterone levels may come as a result of age, as people grow the production of hormones become slowed. an aging person will exhibit symptoms of low testosterone levels and these may include; fatigue, hair loss, low moods, loss of muscle mass, increased body fats, decrease in bone mass, irritability, loss of focus and depression.
In the past researchers have been able to establish the relationship between high levels of testosterone hormone to good feelings and reduction of chances of developing anxiety and depression. Researchers have also been able to link low testosterone levels to depression.
Today many men are suffering from symptoms of low testosterone levels, in the United States alone, the numbers of men who have fallen victims to depression have doubled the number of women suffering from the same. This can be attributed to the many roles that this hormone plays in men. Scientists have proved that maintaining an optimum level of testosterone hormone is an effective way of fighting depression. In a study that was published in 2005 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, a team of researchers from the US Department of Veterans Affairs examined the connection between low testosterone levels and future depression risks in more than 700 men who were at least 50 years old. The report concluded that men aged below 50 years with low testosterone level were more likely to become depressed than men within the same age but have optimum level of testosterone hormone. The finding from this study is enough to tell prove the link between low testosterone levels to depression.
However this is not the only study that has established the connection between testosterone and depression. Another study that was published in 2003 in the American Journal of Psychiatry also examined the connection between these two phenomena. The research done by Harvard University worked with 56 men who had developed major anxiety and depression but had failed to respond to antidepressant treatments. The researchers found that 40 percent of the men had low testosterone levels.
There might other ways of treating depression induced by low testosterone levels but the most common and effective method that has been used is to supplement the levels of testosterone. This is majorly done through the testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone replacement therapy is one of the most common solutions to depression induced by low testosterone levels. It only makes sense that when a person has low levels of testosterone then he ought to have the levels of testosterone in his body supplemented so that the normal levels can be restored.
Testosterone replacement therapy involves supplementation of testosterone in the body. This can be done in form of injections, pellets, patches or gel in order to treat conditions in which the testes do not produce enough testosterone. It is also available in IV forms. Just like the estrogen replacement therapy in women, this ought to be done by an expert as the dosage is important for better results and to mitigate on the side effects. This therefore cannot be done without the help of an expert. This therapy has been found to be effective in fighting hypogonadism and all other major symptoms associated with low testosterone levels. It is also good as it improves energy levels, perfect body mass, sex functions and muscle strength among other benefits.
After testosterone replacement therapy most depression patients break free from the bonds of depression. Depression is major problems that men deal with today. The number of men held victims by these two conditions increase rapidly with low testosterone levels being a major contributor to these conditions.
It can therefore be concluded that going for testosterone replacement therapy can help an individual fight against depression and restore good health in men.
Dr. Dalal Akoury of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Center has dedicated her life to helping patients restore their lives by use of integrative medicine. She also holds many conferences in which she offers training on how integrative medicine can be used to fight addiction among other conditions. Call her on (843) 213-1480 for help.