NEW YORK — New research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) finds that testosterone levels in male athletes who participate in high-performance sport may be low, which is associated with increased risk of developing high-level depression.
It’s not clear what the role of testosterone is in this phenomenon.
It is a well-known and well-studied risk factor for depression.
A study in the journal Biological Psychiatry looked at a sample of 6,848 male athletes competing in five high-intensity sports: athletics, gymnastics, field hockey, track and field and swimming.
The researchers looked at the athletes’ testosterone levels and found that the higher the testosterone, the lower their testosterone levels were.
A study published in August by the Journal of Sports Sciences found that male athletes with low testosterone levels had lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
Trenbolone acetate, the drug that blocks testosterone from reaching the brain, is one of the few medications that are known to reduce cortisol.
In the new study, researchers examined the relationship between testosterone levels, cortisol levels and depression.
They found that higher testosterone levels correlated with lower levels in both stress hormone and cortisol levels.
The study authors concluded that the association between testosterone and depression may be more likely because testosterone is a hormone that has been shown to increase the risk of depression.
Trenolone acetates are now available over-the-counter to prevent low testosterone.
The authors also wrote that, because testosterone levels have not been linked to depression, their study does not prove a causal relationship between the two.
“Our study provides evidence of a positive relationship between low testosterone and depressive symptoms, but more research is needed to clarify whether this association holds true across the board,” said lead author David Willetts, a professor at the University of Bristol, in a press release.
While there is still much to learn about the relationship, the research provides some hope that there may be a therapeutic value in treating depression.