Low Testosterone Causes
Being aware of the low testosterone causes is important.
Many people don’t know they have low testosterone.
They simply blame other things when experiencing symptoms.
That’s why it’s important to check your testosterone levels and make an effort to keep them high.
Below are some of the most popular low testosterone causes.
- Weight gain. Fat tissue has an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen. The more estrogen your body has, the slower the production of testosterone. This results in more belly fat. Fat accelerates the breakdown and metabolizing of testosterone. What does this mean? The more fat you have, the quicker you’ll eliminate what’s left of your low testosterone levels.
- Poor sleep. In order to get the best testosterone production, you need undisturbed sleep, also referred to as REM sleep. Lack of sleep increases cortisone (a stress hormone). The more cortisone you have, the less testosterone you produce.
- Soy diet. In 2008, Harvard conducted a study between men whose diet consisted of soy products and men who didn’t. Ready for some shocking news? Men who ate soy products had sperm counts lower by 41 million/ml compared to men who’s diet was 100% soy free. Stay away from soy, especially if you’re a man.
- Alcohol. Don’t worry, the occasional drinks here and there won’t affect testosterone much. However, overindulgence in alcohol will. The alcohol molecule resembles estrogen, and your body cannot distinguish the difference. I personally find that to be both interesting and scary.
- Processed carbohydrates. Carbohydrates elevate insulin levels. Long periods of elevated insulin disrupt central hormone pathways in your body. When central hormone pathways are disrupted, testosterone production is suppressed. Overindulgence in carbohydrates, especially throughout the day, is bad for testosterone production.
Benefits of High Testosterone
Now that you know how to avoid low testosterone causes, let’s talk about the benefits of high testosterone.
One benefit is prevention of fat accumulation, especially in men.
A study was performed at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine regarding the role of testosterone levels.
Researchers used medication to decrease testosterone in their participants.
Testosterone levels were decreased from 600 ng/dl to 300 ng/dl.
Did this cause any effect on fat accumulation?
You bet it did!
On average, the fat mass in participants increased by a horrifying 36 percent!
Another benefit is increase in energy.
People who increased their testosterone claimed feeling like they’ve finally cured a hangover that’s lasted for years.
Of course, many factors influence your energy levels besides testosterone.
Things like sleep, stress, diet, and fitness level affect your energy.
However, one thing that never fails to appear in studies that include a testosterone boost is a HUGE increase in energy levels of participants.
If you often lack energy, your testosterone levels may be the cause.
Your moods and emotional state are also influence by your testosterone levels.
Things like depression, fatigue, and impaired cognition have been listed by the American Academy of Family Physicians as low testosterone symptoms.
What happened when men with low testosterone had it increased?
They effectively reduced bad moods causing them depression and fatigue.
The also experienced increased self-esteem and confidence.
As you can see, low testosterone causes must be avoided at all cost.
Your performance in anything and everything you do is greatly influenced by how you feel physically and mentally.
Keep those testosterone levels in check!
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