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Recent testosterone studies reveal that aging does not influence

the drop in testosterone levels


Testosterone is a hormone produced by the body which helps maintain
sexual function, bone strength, sex drive and more. It is well known that
testosterone levels usually drop when you get older. Somehow, though, a
new study reveals that a drop in testosterone levels over time is more likely
to result from behavioral and health habits than by aging. The study results
were presented at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston.
"Declining testosterone levels are not an inevitable part of the aging process,
as many people think," said Gary Wittert, MD, professor of medicine at the
University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia. "Testosterone changes are
largely explained by smoking behavior and changes in health status,
particularly obesity and depression."
A number of previous studies have suggested a possible link between the
low amount of testosterone in men and depression, but very few have
insisted on monitoring the hormone levels evolution in time for a certain
population.
Recently, professor Gary Wittert from the University of Adelaide, Australia,
along with his team tracked chronological change in the level of male
hormone in more than 1,500 men, by realizing two samplings at a distance of
5 years. Researchers have excluded those who had followed a medication or
suffering from diseases that could have influenced the level of testosterone
in their bodies. Thus, the study involved 1,382 men with the average age of
54 years (range 35 and 82 years).
There was an insignificant decrease in plasma testosterone concentration,
approx. 1% per year between the two samplings. As a result, scientists have
made an important observation: there are certain factors, independent of
age, which cause a significant decrease in the amount of testosterone. From
these factors, the most important are: obesity, smoking, and depression.
Another conclusion of the study is that unmarried men showed a decline in
the amount of testosterone compared to those who were married.