You’ve probably heard, or told someone, the expression “man up” or “don’t be a p****”, especially when they show some sign of stress, anxiety, and depression. These charming biased words point out to one critical assumption; that as a man, you are not supposed to be overwhelmed by anxiety.
Testosterone is considered the male hormone that makes one have a deeper voice, grow hair on the chest, have a high libido, build muscle mass or have certain energy levels. So, when you are telling someone to ‘man-up,’ it’s like saying to them that their testosterone levels are low.
So, inherently, low testosterone is associated with anxiety to both men and women. Women produce a small amount of testosterone, but they also suffer the effects of low testosterone, just like men. Here, you will learn how low testosterone causes anxiety.
WHAT LOW TESTOSTERONE DOES TO YOUR BODY
Testosterone is produced in your body the moment you are conceived. However, testosterone becomes more visible in men than in women at a later age, especially when men go through puberty, and often starts to decline at the age of 30. After the age of 30, the level of testosterone decreases about 1 ½ percent each year. The common known effect is low sexual drive, but the following could also be experienced:
- Decreased bone density
- Diminished ability to concentrate
- Increased body fat which heightens the risk of heart diseases, and type-2 diabetes
- Reduces muscles tone
- Mood swings
- Cardiovascular problems
- Depression and anxiety
HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE ANXIETY
Feeling anxious is not the better definition of anxiety; instead, feeling anxiety is often more subtle. Generally, medical experts diagnose anxiety when someone reports being:
- Tired without an apparent reason
- Panic attacks
- Lack of proper concentration
- Fear (often not directed to anything in particular)
- Symptoms that resemble heart attack like heart palpitations
- Muscle tension
- Self- conscious (thinking you are the center of attention)
HOW ANXIETY AND LOW TESTOSTERONE ARE CONNECTED
Any offset of hormone imbalances, or neurological signals, throws off many things in your body. Brain scans from different research have indicated that testosterone, as a hormone, is active across the human body. Since the nervous and endocrine system in your body relies on the signaling within the body, and if your body does not produce enough testosterone, you will experience anxiety. In other words, if something goes wrong with your hormones, your body puts on a ‘brake.’ So no matter how hard you try, things don’t seem to work out for you.
As noted earlier, low testosterone causes an array of other symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, and low sex drive. These three implications can lead to anxiety and a depressed state of mind. Fatigue, for instance, can dampen one’s ability to remain active, which eventually leads to the craving for unhealthy food, which we all know leads to weight-gain and often obesity. A recent study shows that there is an association between being overweight and emotional health, especially anxiety and depression.
IS IT LOW TESTOSTERONE OR JUST PLAIN ANXIETY
Both anxiety and Low testosterone are signs of aging, which makes diagnosis quite tricky. Besides, we all worry about somethings from time to time, but these worries do not last, and we get on with our lives. However, someone suffering from anxiety will see the world at it’s worst.
Anxiety is multifactorial, which means that it does not necessarily have to originate from low testosterone; it can be caused by personality traits, life experiences, genetic or a mixture of all of these factors.
The only way to determine whether your anxiety is caused by low testosterone is to have simple blood tests to measure your levels. Just make sure you inform the doctor of all your symptoms and clinical history when you are under evaluation.
TREATING ANXIETY INDUCED BY LOW TESTOSTERONE
Research has shown that testosterone therapy has significant benefits for a patient with an anxiety disorder. However, each of those therapies (injection or otherwise) comes with issues, but they do work.
Increasing your testosterone naturally is the best way to counter the anxiety problem. You do not have to take a bunch of prescription medicine, break the bank, to experience nasty side effects. There are many God-given remedies you can use to boost your testosterone levels, but it is always important to consult a health professional before you indulge in any medication or supplement.
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