Living in areas where the temperature fluctuates enough to produce freezing or near freezing temperatures leaves the body feeling weary: for most of us at least. ‘Most of us,’ meaning that if your hormones are optimized, some of the seasonal ills won’t affect you quite as much as others who are not addressing their declining hormone levels. This is especially true for anyone over 40.
Here are 3 improvements that testosterone, specifically, can assist during these months, and this is true for both men and women.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Decreased levels of testosterone in the body can have an important negative impact on mood. Many people suffer from SAD, and most don’t know what it’s called, but they know they don't feel 'right.' Here's definition from the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI). Several reasons surround this mental state during winter months, however, there is actually science behind it. The reason for this is that the brain contains testosterone receptors. When testosterone is produced and travels to the brain, it finds these receptors. The impact of testosterone when it attaches to the receptors in the brain is a feeling of enhanced mood and happiness. Here’s a study from the NCBI:
There’s also scientific evidence that testosterone treatment can be effective on a sunken mood when antidepressants just don’t seem to be working. Click here to read about a study with 600 Dutch men.
It’s not just testosterone either. Vitamin D levels affect this as well. This can be attributed to lack of sunlight in these months. Liquid Vitamin D supplementation can help with this.
Baby It’s Cold Inside
If you find yourself really cold (hands, feet), even inside, you could be suffering from LowT.
Get Me Out of Here!
LowT can also cause increased levels of anxiety. Anxiety can increase with cabin fever and lack of exercise. Optimal levels can reduce anxiety, allowing persons to settle down more, and be able to enjoy more relaxing activities like reading or meditation.
These are just a few of the benefits TRT can provide for both men and women. Don’t know your levels? Our hormone questionnaires can give you an idea, but a blood test is more accurate. To get a bird's eye view of your levels, click here. And if you’d like to know for sure, click here to schedule a blood analysis.