Testosterone therapy for brain function provides benefits that include focus, memory, learning, and cognitive functions.
When we think about the powers of testosterone, we usually do not consider mental processes. However, research suggests that testosterone levels may affect men’s cognitive performance.
All the body’s attributes change with age, and mental functions are no exception. Memory is the most fragile mental function. With age, new learning is slower, new information is processed less carefully, and details often slip. These changes give rise to the “senior moment” in healthy elders and to cognitive impairment and dementia in others.
Testosterone levels decline with age, just when memory begins to slow. The studies have found some connections. For instance, higher testosterone levels in midlife have been linked to better preservation of tissue in some parts of the brain. And in older men, higher testosterone levels have been associated with better performance on cognitive tests.
While lost testosterone levels are linked to negative effects on the brain, higher testosterone levels offer some great brain benefits. One study referenced in the Harvard Men’s Health Watch found higher levels of testosterone in middle-aged men were linked to the preservation of brain tissue in many regions of the brain later in life.5
Not only can higher testosterone levels increase brain tissue preservation as men age, higher levels of free testosterone have also been associated with improved cognitive performance in aging men. Studies show that testosterone works to activate a distributed cortical network, improving spatial cognition and increasing verbal and visual memory. However, a report from Oxford Medicine found that both low levels of testosterone and excessively high levels of testosterone may result in a decrease in cognitive function, so properly balanced levels are key to improved brain function.6
New research presented at the American Academy of Neurology shows that testosterone may also help improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as reduce the risk of stroke in men. The study on testosterone therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease found that testosterone replacement therapy relieved common Parkinson’s symptoms, including anxiety, fatigue, and depression.
Healthy testosterone levels and healthy brain function go hand in hand. A healthy brain determines how the body ages. Studies support the idea that low levels of testosterone negatively affect the brain, while high testosterone (within normal parameters) offers benefits to the brain.
We already know that testosterone therapy alleviates many of the other symptoms of low testosterone, such as low libido, lower energy levels, and erectile dysfunction.
While few studies examine testosterone therapy and brain health, research showing the link between higher levels of testosterone and healthy cognitive function would support the idea that men with low testosterone would also experience mental benefits from testosterone therapy. Balancing testosterone levels can help men enjoy better overall physical and mental health, boosting overall quality of life for the aging male.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for men with low testosterone offers specific benefits.
Men experiencing poor memory, cognitive decline, difficulty concentrating, depression, or other signs of low testosterone should have their free testosterone levels tested. Men with low or borderline testosterone may want to consider testosterone therapy since elevating testosterone with TRT benefits brain health, bone health, sexual health, and overall quality of life.