Low Testosterone Linked To Obesity and Depression In Men

Michael S. Irwig MD Division of Endocrinology Medical Faculty Associates George Washington UniversityMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Michael S. Irwig MD
Division of Endocrinology Medical Faculty Associates
George Washington University

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Many factors are associated with lower testosterone levels and many men who have their testosterone levels checked have non-specific depressive symptoms. The main finding is a remarkably high rate of depression and depressive symptoms (56%) in men who are referred for borderline testosterone levels. Other significant findings include a prevalence of overweight and obesity higher than the general population.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: Symptoms of low testosterone overlap with many other conditions such as depression. It is very important to assess for depression in men referred for borderline testosterone levels.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: I recommend more research on how different mental health conditions can impact testosterone levels.

Citation:

Westley, C. J., Amdur, R. L. and Irwig, M. S. (2015), High Rates of Depression and Depressive Symptoms among Men Referred for Borderline Testosterone Levels. Journal of Sexual Medicine. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12937

 

Michael S. Irwig MD Division of Endocrinology Medical Faculty Associates (2015). Low Testosterone Linked To Obesity and Depression In Men MedicalResearch.com