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.
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