Testosterone Is Absolutely Key In Slowing The Aging Process In Men
Testosterone levels peak in men at age 25, then start a gradual decline that accelerates as you age. By the time you hit 50, you’re losing 5-10% a year. This is a recipe for a shorter life and a faster aging process. Testosterone is a powerful anti-aging hormone, and a number of studies have shown that men who have low testosterone levels are more likely to die of a heart attack, have a stroke, or suffer from a fatal heart disease. In fact, men whose testosterone levels fall below 300 ng/dl have a 50% higher risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease than men with normal testosterone levels. In this article, I’ll discuss exactly what happens when your testosterone levels drop below normal, what causes this to happen, and what you can do about it.
What Happens When Your Testosterone Levels Drop? When a man’s testosterone levels fall, a number of things start to happen in his body. First, he gains fat. Studies have shown that when a man’s testosterone levels fall, his body begins to convert more of his blood sugar into fat. Remember, when blood sugar rises, it increases the amount of testosterone in your bloodstream. This is yet another example of how our hormones are interconnected. But when blood sugar doesn’t rise because you’re gaining fat, testosterone levels drop. Second, when your testosterone levels fall, your body responds in a number of other negative ways: You gain fat and your metabolism slows down (which in turn causes you to gain more fat)
- You lose muscle mass
- Your bone density decreases
- Your body produces less growth hormone and more cortisol
- Your body produces less sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)
- Your body produces less nitric oxide
- You have a higher risk of chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes
- You have a higher risk of osteoporosis
- You have a higher risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke, or other major cause of death that is related to a chronic disease
The Good News: You Can Restore Your Testosterone Levels to Normal
When your testosterone levels fall, you don‘t have to just “deal with it.” You can turn things around and restore your testosterone levels to normal. The key to doing this is to follow the same kind of testosterone enhancement program that is followed by professional athletes. This is important, because research shows that men who have low testosterone levels also have more body fat, less muscle mass, more cardiovascular disease, and a higher risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke, or other major cause of death. Men who have low testosterone are also more likely to have disorders of sexual function, including problems with sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, and reduced sexual activity. So whether you are an athlete or not, if your testosterone levels are low, you are at a higher risk of having these problems too. The first step to reversing your low testosterone levels is to follow the same kind of hormone–enhancement program that is followed by professional athletes. This will increase your testosterone levels, improve your body composition, and help you live longer.
Step One: Exercise to Lose Body Fat
The first step in reversing your low testosterone levels is to lose weight. Unfortunately, most men who are overweight are also low in testosterone. Although it is possible to be overweight without having low testosterone, most of the time, overweight men are low in testosterone. This is why you should combine weight loss with a testosterone enhancement program. If you are overweight, you should be exercising at least four days a week. Exercise is important because it helps you lose fat and gain muscle, which in turn boosts testosterone levels. Exercise also boosts nitric oxide, which helps you gain muscle mass, and increases the amount of testosterone in your blood.
Step Two: Eat A Healthy Diet
Your nutrition is also important when you are trying to boost your testosterone levels, because it has a big impact on your body composition. If you are overweight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn, because this is the only way to lose weight. However, you don‘t want to eat too few calories, because this can actually lower your testosterone levels. A good diet allows you to lose fat without lowering your testosterone levels. To do this, you need to eat a diet that is based on lean protein, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables. Most overweight men also have low levels of the amino acid arginine, which is important for testosterone production. If you are overweight, you need to make sure you are getting enough arginine in your diet. This may mean eating foods rich in arginine or taking a supplement containing arginine.
Step Three: Optimize Your Sleep
The third step in boosting your testosterone levels is to optimize your sleep. When you sleep, your body produces more testosterone. In fact, a study from the University of Chicago showed that men who sleep five or fewer hours a night have lower testosterone levels than men who sleep eight hours a night. In addition, a study from Stanford University showed that men who sleep five or fewer hours a night have lower testosterone levels than men who sleep eight hours a night. The study from Stanford also showed that men who sleep nine or more hours a night have higher testosterone levels than men who sleep five or fewer hours a night. One important reason for this is that sleep has a big impact on the production of growth hormone. In fact, a study from the University of Chicago showed that getting less than five hours of sleep per night increases the amount of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in your blood, which reduces the amount of unbound, or free, testosterone in your body.
This is important because free testosterone is the form of testosterone that can potentially increase muscle growth and lower your body fat percentage. While getting more sleep seems like an obvious recommendation, in practice it can be difficult because you need to go to sleep early in order to get the amount of sleep your body needs. For example, if you go to bed at 11:00 p.m. and set your alarm to wake you up at 6:00 a.m., you will only get about six and a half hours of sleep, which is less than the amount of sleep your body needs to produce optimal testosterone levels.