BY Advocate.com Editors
October 14 2009 9:00 AM ET
While depression is common among HIVers, new research by scientists in Australia has shown why some older men may be especially prone to the condition: declining testosterone levels. A study of 4,000 men reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry found that men with the lowest testosterone levels were three times more likely to be depressed than those with the highest levels.
The researchers suspect low levels of the hormone may affect key brain chemicals, raising the risk for depression. Because testosterone levels normally decline with age, the researchers suggest, HIV-positive men experiencing depression should consider speaking with their physicians about testosterone-replacement therapy.
- Women WATCH: Trans Man Has Vagina Pride March 07 2014 7:51 PM
- Hot Sheet Hot Sheet: History Boys March 07 2014 7:25 PM
- Marriage Equality Here's The Most Absurd Thing You Missed in Michigan's Marriage Equality Trial March 07 2014 7:20 PM
- Uganda As Aid Cuts Continue, Ugandan Officials Not Concerned March 07 2014 6:57 PM
- Religion Fired Gay Administrator Sues Wash. Catholic School March 07 2014 6:55 PM
- Women Who the F Is … California Politico Toni Atkins? March 07 2014 5:53 PM
- Women Op-ed: Why We Need International Women's Day March 07 2014 5:49 PM