The testosterone levels in men may be higher than those in women, but it’s not clear whether this reflects lower testosterone levels or more testosterone levels.
A new study published in the journal BMC Medical Genetics has looked at the relationship between testosterone levels and symptoms of depression, anxiety and erectile dysfunction (ED).
Researchers from the University of Oxford analysed data from more than 10,000 men who had taken a testosterone supplement over the last year.
They found that the men who were on testosterone supplements had lower levels of depressive symptoms and anxiety, as well as lower levels on depression and erectic dysfunction.
The study also looked at men who did not take a testosterone product and found that their levels of depression and anxiety were similar to those of the men on the placebo group.
However, the men taking testosterone supplements were also found to have lower levels and lower levels were found for erectile problems, suggesting a lower amount of testosterone may be involved.
A study from the US showed that a group of men taking a testosterone-boosting pill also had lower rates of erectile difficulties, including erectile disfunction.
This was similar to the results of a study in the UK, where researchers found a similar pattern, with lower levels seen in men taking oral testosterone supplements.
This research suggests that taking testosterone may help lower the risk of developing symptoms of erectilia in men.
“The findings from this study suggest that taking supplements that can boost the testosterone in men might be of benefit,” Dr Jurgen Scholz, from the department of health sciences at the University College London, said.
“It’s interesting that testosterone supplements are not generally known to be associated with an increased risk of depression or anxiety, so we are interested in how they might affect erectile function and other symptoms of MDD.”
“Our results suggest that the effect of testosterone supplements might be greater than the risk associated with taking the supplement,” he added.
“We hypothesise that the increased risk may be linked to the increased testosterone levels seen after the supplement.”
“Although the testosterone supplements we tested were not associated with depression or mood disorders, they did seem to have an effect on erectile functioning.”
What’s more, the study did not look at other possible factors that might be associated as well, including the men’s body mass index, which is also associated with the risk for depression and ED.