If doctors checked their male patients' blood levels of estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, and DHEA (instead of prescribing drugs to treat symptoms.
Testosterone is much more than a sex hormone. There are testosterone receptor
sites in cells throughout the body, most notably in the brain and heart.
Youthful protein synthesis for maintaining muscle mass and bone formation requires
testosterone. Testosterone improves oxygen uptake throughout the body, helps control blood sugar, regulate
cholesterol, and maintain immune surveillance. The body requires testosterone to
maintain youthful cardiac output and neurological function.
Testosterone is a critical hormone in the maintenance of healthy bone
density, muscle mass, and red blood cell production.
Of critical concern to psychiatrists are studies showing that men suffering from
depression have lower levels of testosterone than control subjects. For
some men, elevating free testosterone levels could prove to be an effective
anti-depressant therapy. There is a basis for free testosterone levels being measured
in men suffering from depression and replacement therapy initiated if free
testosterone levels are low normal or below normal.
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