Your testosterone and health are linked in multiple ways; but the main things that I imagine spring to mind are muscle growth and possibly fat loss. What you may not be aware is that your testosterone levels affect your psychological, physical and mental health. Having low T levels can negatively impact all of these, in this article we’re going to focus on how low testosterone levels can affect your mindset & mood.
When it comes to mindset/ mood depression is probably the most obvious place to start. Men with low T have been found to have an increased likelihood of having or developing depression and men diagnosed as suffering from depression are more likely to have low testosterone levels.
There was a study published in 2004, investigating whether low testosterone was a risk factor for depression. This study was led by Dr. Molly M. Shores, they followed 278 men over the age of 45 for a period of four years. Dr. Shores and her research team found that the men who suffered from low testosterone levels, were four times more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression, in comparison with the men who had normal or higher T levels.
Testosterone & motivation are intrinsically linked. In fact if you were to look at most lists of the symptoms of low T, you will usually see reduced motivation somewhere towards the top, so you know is a common symptom of low testosterone. Men who have increased their levels usually report that they feel more motivation. It’s not clear why increasing your testosterone levels increases motivation. It’s thought that due to testosterone raising traits like focus and aggression, that motivation is a by product of an increase of traits like this.
Increased confidence is one of the things that tends to come with higher testosterone levels, this is something men when they’ve increased their levels naturally or synthetically usually report.
There was a test conducted with 243 males, where they gave one group a dose of synthetic testosterone and the other group a placebo. They then asked these groups to complete simple maths questions set up in such a way to illicit a gut reaction, there was no time limit to answer the questions.
What they found was that the men on the synthetic testosterone performed significantly than those on the placebo, they also found that the men on testosterone answered incorrect far more swiftly than those on placebos, this is believed to be due to the men on testosterone having greater confidence in their gut reactions.
Obviously synthetic testosterone is slightly different to naturally increasing levels and the results are somewhat open to interpretation but it sounds like a credible explanation and backup that increased T leads to increased confidence.
Another reason it is thought that increased testosterone may increase confidence, is that it increases your muscle, reduces your body fat, boosts energy and sexual performance and a culmination of these benefits makes people and men in particular more confident.
Concentration & Memory
As we age it’s common knowledge that our mental faculties like concentration and memory begin to “fade” somewhat. What has been noticed is that this “fade” begins to happen around the same time that testosterone levels begin to naturally drop. Lack of concentration and poorer memory is also a common side affect of men with low testosterone regardless of age. When people who suffer from low T, get an increase in testosterone production they often report improvements in their focus, memory and concentration.
Final Thoughts & Articles To Check Out
I hope you have found this article on testosterone and health useful; and now have more of an understanding of how T levels can affect both your moods and mental health. As I stated at the beginning of this article, your testosterone and health are linked in a number of different ways, you can see the wider ways T & health are linked in these Testosterone And Health Articles
Hopefully this article has encouraged you to investigate if you potentially have low T & to increase T levels. I’ve put together an article on my Recommended Home Testosterone Test and how that service works as a whole. I also advise you check out these articles on the multiple Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally
If you have any questions in regard to this article, testosterone and health or just testosterone as a whole. Just drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.