Low testosterone is a debilitating condition. For the men that suffer from it, quality of life can drastically reduce.
The chances of experiencing low testosterone, also known as low t, increase with age. The body’s ability to naturally produce the sex hormone begins to fail as age escalates.
Symptoms of low t range from hair loss, muscle loss, increase body fat, lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction to mental conditions such as fatigue or depression. Luckily, there are certain methodologies that can help those suffering from low testosterone.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can be beneficial for those suffering from low t. That being said, a new study suggests that those suffering from hypogonadotropic hypogonadism may also benefit from the practice.
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences’ Lina Lasaite, PhD and colleagues recently completed a study on a group of men before and after undergoing TRT treatment for two years. As published in Andrologia, testosterone replacement therapy was associated with higher scores concerning cognitive functioning. However, there were no notable changes in quality of life or emotional well being.
Dr Lasaite and her colleagues concluded the following:
“Evaluation of men suffering from hypogonadism (not only elderly, but also young adults) and undergoing testosterone replacement therapy should not be limited to metabolic and functional parameters alone, but should also address psychological aspects and quality of life; if any psychological problems are found, they should be managed and followed up by specialists.”
Ultimately, it would appear that TRT may increase cognitive functions in those suffering from hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. That being said, further study is required with larger test groups to confirm this. Beyond that, the psychological and emotional effects of TRT on those suffering from hypogonadotropic hypogonadism requires further study to understand.