Most men think falling testosterone levels are just a normal part of aging. You’re getting older, so you’re testosterone is dropping, plain and simple. Right? Not so fast.
While surveys show that as many as one out every four men over age 30 have lower than normal testosterone levels, the reasons why are more complicated — and one natural solution may be right under your nose.
The number of men experiencing these symptoms is expected to rise as the population continues aging. What can you do? One answer coming from the pharmaceutical industry is to take prescription medication for “low-T.” But the solution may be as simple and natural as lowering your sugar intake.
Consider this: A recent study found that testosterone levels are linked to how much sugar is circulating in the blood. Specifically, the study showed that consuming high amounts of sugar significantly lowers the level of testosterone that is in the blood.
The study involved men with normal blood sugar levels, those who had “pre-diabetic” blood sugar levels and some recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Each was given a sugary solution to drink and then had their testosterone levels tested.
Regardless of blood sugar status, blood levels of testosterone dropped by as much as 25 percent and remained low even after a period of two hours. Fifteen percent of the men with normal testosterone levels (before the test) experienced testosterone drops so low that they would be classified as having “hypogonadism” (a medical condition, in which testosterone levels low enough that would require taking the hormone!).
The connection is clear: more sugar, less testosterone. When you think about how much sugar there is in the American diet, it’s no wonder that low testosterone has become nearly epidemic.
And I believe that the reverse is true too: the less sugar you eat, the less likely you’re going to reduce your natural levels of testosterone. Fortunately, you control your own food choices and may be able to influence your own testosterone levels.
If by reducing sugar, you can enjoy increased vitality, more energy, a more vibrant sex life, and reduce your risk of developing so many diseases, why not? Personally, that trade off makes sense to me!