Did you know that even mild depression can cause testosterone levels to decline?
50 years ago testosterone injections were THE treatment for men dealing with depression, so the link is definitely strong.
Of course, those days disappeared for good once Zoloft, Lexapro and Prozac entered the picture.
Problem is, if you're low on testosterone and mildly depressed because of it, you're going to get hit hard if you begin using these drugs.
And this will happen because these SSRI antidepressants are known testosterone killers.
Once study found that free testosterone levels were 17% lower in clinically depressed men taking SSRI's compared to depressed men who were not.
But it's not just free testosterone, they pretty much kill everything off...from your erections, to your sex drive, right down to your ejaculatory response.
Can anyone say dribble?
Now keep the above in mind as you dig into this beauty…
A team of researchers from Israel and the US completed a trail which was published in The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy.
The men involved in this study were taking one of 8 commonly prescribed SSRI antidepressants.
The researchers were sharp enough to note that all these men were suffering from SSRI-related sexual dysfunction.
In other words, these drugs had decimated these men from a sexual standpoint, so they decided to setup a trial and see what they could do about it.
And what type of treatment do you think they focused on?
Testosterone of course!
Here's how their thought process must have went...
We'll give these men antidepressant medications that reduce free testosterone levels...then we'll rub a testosterone gel on them and try to get it all back!
That sounds like an excellent plan, right?
Not so fast…
Wouldn't it be better to pass on the SSRI's altogether and focus on increasing testosterone?
Think about it...
One of the primary benefits of testosterone enhancement is elevated mood, reduced irritability, and the elimination "Grumpy Old Man Syndrome".
Not only that, but increased T leads to more action and motivation, which leads to less lethargy, less couch time, and might I also add....less DEPRESSION!
Who woulda thunk?
If I could have a conversation with these "experts", here's what I'd have to say...
How about we take our entire focus off all exogenous substances...drugs, artificial hormones and all the other easy fixes medical science seems to be so fond of.
These things don't cure or heal a man anyway, so why bother?
All they do is treat symptoms in isolation, cause side effects, and that's about it!
Instead, why don't we address the real cause of depression and go directly after that...so instead of attempting to dope this condition into submission, we'll fix it at the source?
Take vitamin D status for example…
Since we already know that vitamin D status IS definitely linked to depression, we'll send our man outside to get a little sunshine.
You can't patent sunshine so there will be no funding for this, but it would be the right thing to do, correct?
After that, we'll take a look at the link between Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency and depression.
A quick look at the literature will tell us that Omega-3 supplements are extremely effective at treating depression, especially in men not suffering from anxiety disorders.
Take this fish oil with you on your way out to the pool, it will do you some good.
Now, if these experts were still listening, I'd start talking about good old fashioned exercise next.
And once again, no patent or profit, but another quick peak at the literature would show that merely walking quickly for about 30 minutes a day would significantly reduce depression symptoms.
How about that!
So we've boosted our mans vitamin D status, a treatment know to reduce depression and increase testosterone levels.
We've balanced his omega 3 to omega 6 ratios, which will blunt depression and elevate T levels even further.
Finally, we've reduced his depressive symptoms even more by simply by increasing his physical activity.
And what does all this accomplish?
Well, we've got a non-depressed man who's just elevated his testosterone levels, by making SIMPLE lifestyle changes.
And our man will not be suffering from testicular atrophy, gyno, acne, or hostility issues from exogenous testosterone administration.
He will also NOT be chemically castrated by the latest, greatest antidepressant drug, that just so happens to bring in millions to the pharmaceutical companies.
The same pharmaceutical companies that fund most of these brainless studies in the first place.