Testosterone is a steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex. It is an important hormone in the human body. Without adequate testosterone, men are infertile.  Females also produce testosterone, but usually in smaller amounts.


The effects of gradually lowering testosterone levels as men age, have received increasing attention in recent years, leading to a term known as late-onset hypogonadism.

After the age of 40, the concentration of circulating testosterone falls by about 1.6 percent every year in most men. By the age of 60, the low levels of testosterone would lead to a diagnosis of hypogonadism in younger men. In addition to sexual dysfunction, late-onset hypogonadism has also been associated with metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Older men with low T have increasingly sought testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in recent years. TRT addresses symptoms such as low libido, poor muscle mass and low energy.



  1. Refined carbohydrates

Today Diets are rich in processed and saturated carbohydrates. The high levels of carbohydrate in the diet cause drastic increase in insulin secretion by the pancreas. There is rise in insulin even though there is no diabetes present. Increase of insulin causes disruption of hormone pathways in the body, which suppresses testosterone production. For insulin secretion to return to normal, a strict carbohydrate limited diet is essential.


  1. Hormones in meat

Natural food today is rarely or available with a lot of difficulty as hormones are heavily used. The hormones in the meat, beef and dairy industry causes interference with the normal human production of hormones. Veges in the diet is healthy and also supports normal hormonal production. If choosing meat for your consumption insist on grass fed, hormone-free meat.


  1. Stress & illness

If you’re constantly under stress, your reproductive ability is likely suffering. Chronic stress raises cortisol levels, which suppresses central hormone pathways. This suppresses reproductive hormone secretion, including that of testosterone. Stress has also been shown to block testosterone from having an effect on your body. Severe emotional stress or physical stress from an illness or surgery can cause the reproductive system to temporarily shut down. Modification of lifestyle is required for the same.


  1. Alcohol

It has been found that there is a 6.8% decrease in the testosterone production on moderate consumption of alcohol. Hops in beers have estrogen like properties and can adversely affect the production of testosterone. In fact, the estrogenic properties in hops are so strong that they are currently being studied as a treatment for hot flashes in menopausal women.


Points to remember

  • Thinking of getting testosterone levels checked, good time to draw blood for the same is between 7am to 10am as testosterone levels are at peak
  • Testosterone replacement therapy is not very safe as it increases the risk of certain cancers with increase in possibility of stroke.
  • A better option is changing your health habits.
  • It might take a year or two to get things back to normal, but your testosterone levels can be revived.



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