If you’ve had a sudden, intense surge in testosterone levels, it’s time to get your head examined, according to a new study.
The new study, led by Dr. Rongrong Tang at the University of Utah, analyzed the testosterone levels of more than 1,500 men over a six-year period.
Tang’s team used the American Urological Association’s (AUA) National Testicular Tissue Survey (NTTS) to track the levels of the hormone.
“Our data show that when testosterone is elevated, the brain becomes more sensitive to its own and others signals and becomes more prone to experiencing anxiety, depression and anxiety disorders,” Tang told ABC News.
Tang’s team also discovered that high testosterone levels are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
It’s believed that testosterone can play a role in maintaining normal blood pressure, heart function and even immune function, but the exact mechanisms by which it does this remain unclear.
If you’re experiencing sudden or intense spikes in testosterone, Tang’s team recommends taking a short-acting testosterone injection, and then stopping your treatment and waiting at least a week for the hormone to fully normalize.
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