It is already a well-known fact that as men age, their testosterone levels go down. Most men experience lower testosterone levels by the age of 30. But apart from aging, there are a few other culprits to your lowered T-levels that you may not be aware of. As you live your daily life, a number of things that you do may already be affecting your testosterone levels with you even knowing it.
To help you better understand why your male hormones are getting lower by the day, we are sharing with you a list of surprising factors that affect your testosterone levels.
If your diet is made up mostly of food that lowers testosterone, such as soy, dairy, fats, pastries, alcohol, and desserts, then your T-levels will definitely be greatly affected. These kinds of food can throw your hormones off balance or make it difficult for your body to use those hormones properly.
Less Sexual Activities
A recent study has shown that men who engage in minimal sexual intercourse experience a decrease in their testosterone levels. But before you see it as a huge problem, it will require more than just a few months without sex before you experience a huge effect on your testosterone levels.
Lack of Sleep
Without enough sleep, your body gets thrown out of balance and will definitely decrease your body’s testosterone level by 10 to 15%. And it can become a vicious cycle. Because with less sleep, your testosterone levels decrease and with lower testosterone levels in your body, your sleep gets affected, too. More than just affecting your testosterone level, sleep deprivation can also affect your overall health and bring about a number of health issues such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
If you constantly have high levels of stress hormones, or cortisol, in your body, your testosterone levels will be greatly affected. Chronic stress is already known to have a huge impact on our overall health, and that includes testosterone production in men. With less testosterone, men can experience a loss of libido, low energy, fatigue, and poor concentration.
A study conducted in 2014 has proven that expectant fathers can also experience a decline in their testosterone level. It may not be that high of a decrease and men may not notice it immediately, but this decline can cause them to be more nurturing of their partners and their child. In the same way, once men settle and become involved in parenting, their testosterone level declines.
Too Much Exercise
The saying, “Too much of something is bad,” applies to everything, including exercise. Too much muscle exertion and high duration of chronic exercise can cause “exercise hypogonadal male condition,” which happens when a man’s testosterone and luteinizing hormones are suppressed. These intense workouts can also cause mental and physical fatigue, so it’s important to exercise in moderation and to maintain balance in everything that you do.
Another culprit to your testosterone decline is your alcohol consumption. With moderate alcohol intake, especially drinks with hops, a man’s testosterone level can decrease by up to 6.8%. This is because hops that are used in most beers contain estrogen-like properties, which can greatly affect your testosterone.
Research shows that men who are in poor general health have lower testosterone levels. Men who have obesity, diabetes or metabolic syndrome may even experience testosterone deficiency. And with obesity, the level of a man’s sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), a protein made by the liver to carry sex hormones to the blood, also declines.
Apart from your habits and activities that you are involved in, the environment where you grew up and live in can also have a great impact on your body’s testosterone production. A part of your environment as a child can have a lifelong effect on how your body produces testosterone, in the same way that childhood diseases can affect testosterone levels.
So whether it’s your paternal role, unhealthy lifestyle, workout, food intake, or your childhood environment, a lot of factors can trigger a decline in your testosterone levels. Not to mention that as you age, your testosterone level will also decline naturally. But never fret. Because by improving your lifestyle, eating the right food and by proper supplementation, you’ll be able to achieve a healthier testosterone level.