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Study Links Low Testosterone, Depression, With Skinny and Overweight

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Depressed? The culprit might be low testosterone.
A new study correlates excessive body fat or being too skinny with low testosterone, which, no surprise, correlates with depression.

Medical University of Vienna has released a fairly interesting study relating to low, normal and excessive testosterone levels, BMI and depression.

BMI, or body mass index, measures your weight relative to your height. It gives you a general idea of how overweight you are.

The net of the study is that if you have too much fat, or you are too skinny, you probably have low testosterone. Conversely, if you have low testosterone you are more inclined to depression. Most interesting is if your testosterone is too high. In this case, you are also inclined to depression.

I find this study of particular interest because it supports the approach here at Lookout. As men age, low testosterone becomes a tremendous quality of life issue. The goal should be to supplement testosterone to the NORMAL level of say a 30 year old man, NOT raise testosterone levels to abnormally high levels in order to build muscle.

The benefits of say a 45 year old man having the testosterone level of say a normal 30 or 35 year old man are tremendous. These include preventing loss of lean mass due to age, more energy, more sex drive, less likely to get diabetes and many more.

What this study shows is that supplementing testosterone too far beyond normal inclines a man towards depression.

Sacrificing health for appearance sake is a paradigm that I think has truly run its course. It’s exciting to see research that affirms ideas what we are putting forth here at LookCut.

Mood changes, body mass index and bioavailable testosterone in healthy men: results of the Androx Vienna Municipality Study.

Kratzik CW, Schatzl G, Lackner JE, Lunglmayr G, Brandstätter N, Rücklinger E, Huber J.