Low T: A Pathologist's Perspective
Low testosterone (low T), a term that has become commonplace, is heard everywhere. You have probably seen the commercials. It is one of the biggest stories in men’s health. With it has come a lot of debate on the risks and benefits. Now a new study links borderline low T and depression.
Published online, researchers at the George Washington University found that men referred for evaluation of borderline low testosterone frequently suffered from depression. What is unique about this study is that it is one of the first to examine men with borderline low testosterone. Another surprising finding was that 25% of patients were using an antidepressant. The patients had high incidences of obesity and physical inactivity. They also commonly reported symptoms of sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbances and low energy.
Low T has become big business. In 2013, 2.3 million prescriptions were written, up from 1.3 million in 2010. Yearly US sales were $2.4 billion in 2013 and are expected to rise to $3.8 billion in 2018. Marketing was at $152 million in 2013, a 2,800% rise since 2009. Let’s break it down from a pathologist’s perspective.
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