Men with Borderline Low Testosterone are Suffering From Depression

LowTestosterone2In a study presented March 7, 2015, at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, over half the men with borderline testosterone levels were suffering from depression. They studied 200 adult men between 20 and 77 years of age whose testosterone levels were borderline (200-350 ngm/dL) and found 56% of the study participants had significant depressive symptoms. (You can read more here… )
These rates of depressive symptoms were higher than the 15 to 22% in an ethnically diverse sample of primary care patients and the 5.6% among overweight and obese US adults. Other findings in these borderline and low testosterone men were:
• Overweight (39%)
• Obesity (40%)
• Physical inactivity (51%)
• Erectile dysfunction (78%)
• Low libido (69%)
• Low energy (52%). (Read more here… )

I am glad to see the endocrine society sharing this awareness that low testosterone is both prevalent and causing a lot of distress in our male population. Current guidelines being used by many insurance companies won’t pay for testosterone replacement therapy unless a man has two levels below 300 ngms/dL. Hopefully this will change as awareness increases that more and more men (young and old) are suffering from low testosterone.
If you live in the Portland Oregon area and need your testosterone checked, you can contact my clinic: Natura Integrative Medicine at:
• 971.317.0222
• 11790 SW Barnes Rd. #120, Portland, OR 97225

Dr. Paul


  • Marlene Wendell

    Dr. Thomas, I am very interested in learning more about this, especially to know what more we can do to prevent testosterone levels from falling in the first place. Do you know more practical steps we can take every day to help our endocrin systems be balanced? I heard years ago that exposure to fluorescent lights changes the body’s hormone levels, as well as eating/drinking out of styrofoam and plastics, so I’m very careful about those for our family. Are there exercises or supplements you also recommend?

  • william singletary

    Testosterone is an essential hormone produced by both men and women. It plays a crucial role in the health and well being of our bodies.
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