Watch a few 1980s action movies and enjoy some testosterone-filled action movies. Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis were the definition of what a “man” is. Hulk Hogan was a real American, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, and Steven Seagal were in their prime. Even to this day, they are still huge names in action movies.
Jean-Claude Van Damme. Mel Gibson. Chuck Norris. Steven Seagal. The big screen was dripping with hot, sweaty, macho action heroes kicking butt and taking names. Their movies motivated many people who left the theater while feeling inspired to take control of their lives. Or even hit the gym to get some 24-inch pythons, brother.
Nowadays, we know of low testosterone, or “low T,” and many fans of these 1980s action movies fans may knowingly or unknowingly suffer from the side effects.
Why is this a hot topic? One in four men over 30 has low testosterone. Low testosterone isn’t a condition that impacts men over 40. Testosterone levels have been steadily declining in men over the course of the last two decades.
Some researchers have suggested that factors besides age may contribute to the observed declines in testosterone levels over time.
Is Having Low Testosterone That Bad?
There is considerable debate surrounding the potential health risks associated with low testosterone levels, but most experts agree that there is some merit to the concerns.
While there are no clear answers, low testosterone may contribute to problems such as decreased sexual performance and an increased risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. So while it’s certainly not something to take lightly, it’s important to remember that there isn’t always a definitive answer to this issue.
Testosterone is a potent male sex hormone. Low testosterone levels can contribute to a variety of health problems, including:
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Diminished sex drive
- Decrease in libido
- Infertility (sperm production)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Lower energy
- Mood issues and depression
- Loss of hair
- Poor body composition (loss of muscle mass/fat distribution)
- Metabolic syndrome
- Red blood cell production
- Hot flashes
- Cholesterol metabolism issues
- Sleep disturbances
If you believe your testosterone levels are decreasing, you must see a doctor as soon as possible to determine the cause and get treatment. This condition can have serious long-term effects on health.
Remember, be proactive.
4 Causes of Low Testosterone
#1 Obesity or Fat Gain
The relationship between obesity and fat gain is a two-way street. Men with lower testosterone levels have a more challenging time resisting the additional accumulation of body fat, leading to more low testosterone levels.
Studies have found that obesity often lowers testosterone levels because being obese reduces levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). This protein helps to carry testosterone in the blood, and a decrease in SHBG results in a reduction of bodily testosterone levels.
#2 Too Much Alcohol
Alcohol consumption can lower inhibitions and testosterone levels.
Drinking a few drinks doesn’t adversely affect your hormones and sex drive. However, if you drink alcohol excessively regularly, it’s time to change your drinking habits. This level of consumption can not only damage your liver but also has several negative health consequences as a result of decreasing test levels.
The ethanol metabolism drives down the amount of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+, known as the coenzyme NAD+) inside the testes and liver. This decreases testosterone production. The more you drink, the lower your NAD+. The lower your NAD+, the lower your testosterone levels.
#3 Type 2 Diabetes
Eating healthy foods is essential for both your physical and mental health. Even if you have a fast metabolism and can seemingly eat whatever you want whenever you want, junk food and processed food choices are slowly chipping away at your health.
There is a potential that IIFYM (if it fits your macros) could lead to a greater degree of insulin sensitivity or type 2 diabetes in the future. Youth masks some of the ways we abuse our bodies now, but it almost always catches up to us in the future unless we are genetic freaks.
Type 2 diabetes is a common and serious form of diabetes that occurs when the body can no longer produce enough insulin to help sugar get into the cells for energy.
Around one-third of men with type 2 diabetes had low free testosterone levels. Studies have noticed that the pituitary glands of these men weren’t able to produce enough luteinizing hormone, which is the trigger for testosterone production in the testes.
Eating healthy can help you maintain healthy testosterone levels, which can help ward off type 2 diabetes.
This might be hard to accept for some, but we all age.
Testosterone levels vary greatly among men and women. The average adult male’s testosterone levels range from 270 to 1,070 ng/dL. After thirty, this decreases by about one percent each year. The average adult female’s test levels range from 15 to 70 ng/dL.
After menopause, female hormone levels decline, and this can lead to an increase in testosterone levels. This can have some minor side effects, such as possible issues with fertility and hair loss, but if a woman’s testosterone level is low, the side effects are worse.
These include low libido, poor muscle mass, and osteoporosis.
The best way to reduce the effects of aging is by being physically active and eating a balanced and nutritious diet. Do not worry about which form of exercise you do; just get moving. As for food, stick to unprocessed, most clean, healthy foods. It does not matter so much what specific foods you eat as long as they are quality choices.
Exercise and a healthy diet can help slow the aging process.
How to Raise Your Testosterone Levels
There is a lot of information about low testosterone, a severe condition. It can slowly hurt your health if left untreated.
There are many small things you can do to raise your levels. Still, the best way to naturally boost testosterone is by eating healthy foods, avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol, getting enough sleep, and exercising.
Your family doctor has recommended a good diet and exercise for years. That’s pretty much all you need to keep your health in check.