Where’s My Testosterone?
Did you know that Testosterone (T) levels in men across America has been seriously declining for the past 20 years? According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the T levels in American men have been seriously declining for about the last 20 years. Not surprisingly, Testosterone is decreasing in women too, which is equally disturbing. (We’ll speak to women about this in next week’s blog.)
We don’t really need a study to prove what we see every single day in all ages of men (and boys!) across the country:
Here’s What we see in Men:
- Low libido or total lack of sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Belly fat
- Lack of motivation
- Decreased muscle tone
- Man boobs
- Lack of confidence
- Lack of motivation
The real question here is WHY. Why are Testosterone levels dropping so dramatically in our men that these symptoms are now so common that they are considered normal…..?
Seriously, a limp penis, man boobs, belly fat and lack of sex drive is now NORMAL??! WTF?!
Most people, including health professionals, have thought low testosterone is almost entirely related to age, muscles and muscle mass. So the more muscle, the more testosterone: the older you are, the less Testosterone.
Ugh, this common misconception couldn’t be more wrong and further from the truth.
Testosterone does like muscle, but like all our hormones, it relies more on the interactions of other hormones and especially what’s going on in the environment. Yes, the environment counts in a huge way for testosterone.
You see, your Testosterone levels and how you use the Testosterone in your body are affected by the following factors:
- Your diet
- Your muscle mass
- Your activity and exercise
- Chronic stress (which includes irregular sleep or lack of sleep and also skipping meals!!)
- Toxic chemicals in and around you.
If you have any of the above symptoms, definitely get your hormones tested, and we recommend the simple, easy and affordable DUTCH urine test to do so.
Let’s delve into the leading factors for low Testosterone in men:
- Dangerous Chemicals
It’s impossible to avoid toxic chemicals if you live in North America – just see our blogs on body toxicity and detox. Did you know that every one of us comes into contact with an average of 9 chemicals every hour of every day and we don’t even know it? They’re in our food, our pillows, our cars, our couches – everywhere we go and now, they are even in our water. And these chemicals very likely are the #1 reason for all men to be losing Testosterone.
Low Testosterone can be devastating for men, and in America, it starts with chemicals and finishes with the interactions of all the other hormone systems.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), things like BPA found in plastics and cash register receipts, atrazine found in weed killers and tap water, phthalates found in fragrances and other cosmetics, fire retardants found in furniture and clothing – the list is too long to continue but you get the idea that these EDC’s are everywhere including in our food. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, EDC’s interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.
EDC’s are messing with testosterone and all of the other endocrine hormones including the hormones made by the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries and testes and pancreas.
- Obesity, Diabetes and Exercise
The pancreas is effected by EDC’s. It produces insulin. Insulin plays a very important role in energy metabolism and greatly effects body weight. High insulin and insulin resistance leads to diabetes. Diabetes is associated with being overweight. The Standard American Diet is full of sugar and refined carbohydrates, which increase insulin and can cause weight gain. The fatter you are the lower your T goes.
Lack of activity contributes to rising insulin levels and decreasing T levels which contributes to muscle loss, which contributes to fat gain. It’s a vicious cycle.
- Estrogen Dominance
We need the proper amount and the proper balance between hormones to function optimally. When there is too much estrogen by itself or in comparison to other hormones, it’s called estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is not good – for men or women.
Estrogen is a catabolic hormone that breaks down muscle mass and leads to an increase in body fat. Aromatase is an enzyme that converts testosterone and other androgen hormones into estrogen. This process is called aromatization. Aromatization can lead to a state of estrogen dominance that is a major factor in many common health problems. Stress, obesity, insulin resistance and chemicals (EDC’s) increase aromatase. Higher levels of aromatase in the body converts more testosterone into estrogen, which then lowers T levels. Again, it’s a vicious cycle!
Besides EDC’s and high levels of aromatase, other factors that cause estrogen levels to elevate include: alterations in liver function, zinc deficiency, obesity, overuse of alcohol, and medications like statin drugs, some blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
- Stress and T decline
Cortisol is a hormone that is produced when we’re under stress. Chronic stress, regardless if it’s physical or psychological, will tend to lower T levels. This is usually caused by elevated cortisol production because there is a negative correlation between testosterone and cortisol – meaning if one goes up, the other will go down.
- Age and T decline
It’s generally thought and accepted that men’s T levels drop steadily with age. But a study done in Australia shows that a decline in testosterone levels as men grow older is likely the result, but not the cause, of deteriorating general health. These researchers found that age alone had no effect on testosterone levels in healthy, older men.
Lifestyle is the biggest factor in maintaining health. We are learning that too little testosterone and too much estrogen may play a role in nearly all chronic diseases. Balancing these two hormones is a mostly a lifestyle factor.
This is why it’s obvious to us that the decreased Testosterone in American men is poor lifestyle habits combined with a lack of detoxification to remove the harmful chemicals we are all exposed to. Yes, detox is a medical thing that works because it assists your detox pathways in the liver, kidney’s, intestines and lungs to get rid of the chemical crap that’s screwing your Testosterone and other hormones up. Check out FEWL’s medical-grade detox kit here.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog on how T affects women. You can also check out our Facebook Live events each Wednesday evening at either 4:30 or 6 pm MST on the subject(s).
Even better, contact us at FEWL for more individualized support and a free strategy session.
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