The Link between Testosterone and Brain Health
When we think about the powers of testosterone, very little thought is given to how testosterone may affect mental functions. Research has shown that testosterone plays a part in behaviors such as aggression, dominance, and self-esteem. Low testosterone may result in a lack of confidence, a lack of motivation, and can cause feelings of sadness.1
Further studies have indicated that low T can lower the ability to concentrate, cause sleep problems, and a lack of energy.2 Cognitive functions which encompass reasoning, memory, attention and understanding, may also be impaired by low T.
The body functions change with age, and testosterone levels also decline with age, about the same time as memory functions become slower. There is a school of thought that falling hormone levels could be part of the problem, and negatively affect your mood, weight, and concentration.
Although the data is not conclusive, some studies have found that higher testosterone levels in older men have been associated with better results in cognitive tests.3
What are symptoms related to brain health and low testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone which helps to regulate emotions. Here are some signs that you may have low testosterone levels:
- Unexplained depression and sadness.
- The sudden lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem.
- Decreased sex drive.
- Unusual irritability.
- Concentration difficulties.
- Disturbed sleep patterns, and lack of energy.
What kind of treatment is available?
Treatment is usually in the form of hormones to raise testosterone levels. Pharmaceutical companies have ongoing aggressive marketing campaigns with promises that treating low T with their products will restore testosterone to normal, make men feel more alert, energetic, and sexually functional again.
Millions of men have low T problems, and many opt for the hormonal treatments offered by these companies, to once again be healthy and manly. Studies have shown that in addition to physical issues, higher levels of testosterone can have a positive effect on your emotions.4
If you want to have testosterone therapy mainly to improve mental functionality, there are still risks involved, as with any hormonal treatments.
What are the risks?
- Older men may have increased risks for heart problems.
- You could also be at risk for cardiovascular problems if you have been diagnosed with heart disease, had a previous heart attack, or have high blood pressure.
- Do not use testosterone therapy if you are a high risk for prostate cancer, or if you have had prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is known to feed on testosterone.
- Breast enlargement.
- Fluid retention.
With all the hype about low T, some men are over-treated, so it is essential to have a hormone test to establish testosterone levels and prevent any problems of over-treatment.5
Some mental and brain health benefits you can expect from increased testosterone levels.
- Feelings of well-being and reduced depression.
- Confidence to assert yourself when needed, and improved self-esteem.
- Major energy boost and less tiredness and fatigue.
- Improved concentration and the ability to complete complex tasks.
- Cognitive functions greatly improved.
- A calmer disposition, and less irritability.
- Improved sex drive, resulting in less anxiety about what could be wrong.
The qualities of confidence, ambition to excel in life, and physical strength are associated with high testosterone levels. Although women also need testosterone, in much lower levels, the characteristics expressed here are predominantly male. The more testosterone you have, the better these qualities can be expressed.6
Hormonal testosterone therapy
When most people hear the word testosterone, they think of aggression and fighting! In healthy men, testosterone increases the brain’s response to a threat. And when threatened, they respond appropriately.
Low T affects not only the body, but also the mind, and possibly also your response to threats. The hormonal imbalance throws your body and your mind out of sync and causes feelings of confusion, depression, irritability, and fatigue – both mental and physical.
Along with the blues, and a chronic lack of sleep, you just never feel right, but cannot quite put your finger on the problem.
We can help!
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy – BHRT
Synthetic hormones bear no resemblance to the hormones in the body, and may have several dangerous side effects.7 BHRT hormones are made from plant extracts, are entirely natural, and are the same molecular structure of the hormones in the body. They are far less likely to have any serious side effects if properly administered.
Bio-identical pellet hormones are placed under the skin, allowing the body to gradually absorb the required dosage, allowing the body to maintain the therapeutic dose you need.
For more information contact us at www.renewmetoday.com to take the hormone health test, and find out where your nearest office is.