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Findings from Original Research, conducted in Sheffield, on the association between Testosterone Levels and Psychiatric Factors

Findings from Original Research, conducted in Sheffield, on the association between Testosterone Levels and Psychiatric Factors

The objective was to explore the association between low testosterone levels and psychiatric illness in patients presenting, in Sheffield, with Erectile Dysfunction. Method: During a Service Evaluation Study, data was reviewed from the MED database, in Sheffield. 1638 patient records, for whom testosterone values were recorded, were reviewed. They were divided into three age categories, 18-49,50-64 and 65+.

For each of these age groups we looked at their testosterone levels and categorised those into Low, Borderline and Normal. We then looked for each age group, at the comparative levels of psychiatric illness and whether these varied with testosterone levels of Low, Borderline or Normal. In our youngest age-group of 18-49 year-olds, 26.9% of those with low testosterone had a psychiatric disorder compared with only 14.6% who had a normal testosterone. In the middle age group of 50-64 year-olds, 17.5% of those with low testosterone had a psychiatric disorder compared with 14.7% who had a normal testosterone. In the older age patients 13.2% of those with low testosterone had a psychiatric disorder compared with only 7.4% who had a normal testosterone. Within our service, data appeared to indicate some association between Low Testosterone and Psychiatric Disorder, particularly in younger men. Take home message: There may be an association between low testosterone and psychiatric disorder, in patients with erectile dysfunction.

Speakers: Alison Wood
Areas of Interest / Categories: Androgen Therapy, Erectile Dysfunction

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