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Men with low levels of testosterone are more likely to feel depressed, have trouble concentrating, and develop belly fat.
While low testosterone is a sign of andropause—or male aging—it can happen at any time in a man’s life. (1) Low testosterone in men is also known as male hypogonadism.
Signs of low testosterone include:
Low testosterone is considered a sign of male aging, but it can happen at any time in a man’s life. Before you consider testosterone therapy, balance hormone levels by making critical changes to your diet.
While the use of supplemental testosterone is steadily increasing in the United States, it is not risk-free. Testosterone replacement may be more of a Band-Aid than a solution, and the results may be inconsistent.
Testosterone replacement may help men feel better, but studies suggest that it also stimulates the growth of prostate cancer, enlarges the prostate, overloads the liver, makes sleep apnea worse, and thickens the blood. (2)
An article recently published in the Journal of Endocrinology explores the relationship between low testosterone and signs of metabolic syndrome. The disorders often occur together.
Signs of metabolic syndrome go hand-in-hand with signs of low testosterone, including:
According to Mathias Grossman at Melbourne University, the cause of disorders associated with low testosterone is not clear.
Simply controlling blood sugar with diet and weight loss may be enough to restore levels of testosterone. (3) In fact, Grossman suggests that changes in lifestyle should be the first line of treatment in men with low testosterone and signs of metabolic syndrome.
Inflammation negatively impacts the hypothalamic–pituitary–testicular axis—the system that regulates levels of testosterone in the body. (4)(5)
The hypothalamic–pituitary–testicular axis is most influenced by:
The Body Ecology Diet is a sugar-free, gluten-free, and initially casein-free probiotic-rich diet that reduces inflammation. Cultured vegetables and probiotic beverages replenish the good bacteria and yeast of the inner ecosystem to help improve gut integrity and lower inflammation.
Small adjustments in lifestyle can make a dramatic difference in levels of testosterone.
Symptoms of depression, belly fat, decreased sex drive, a drop in muscle mass, and development of breast tissue may all be signs of low testosterone in men. Low testosterone is often associated with aging, but it can occur at any time in a man’s life.
Testosterone replacement is on the rise in the US, but it does come with risks—including enlarged prostate, stimulated growth of prostate cancer, worsened sleep apnea, and more. Results may be inconsistent at best. In many cases, low testosterone is tied to metabolic syndrome, associated with symptoms like belly fat, dizziness, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance.
Research suggests that controlling blood sugar through diet and weight loss could help restore testosterone levels. Lifestyle changes should be the first course of treatment for men with symptoms of low testosterone and metabolic syndrome. A pro-inflammatory diet may be at the root of hormonal imbalance; the anti-inflammatory Body Ecology Diet can help to lower inflammation with beneficial bacteria found in cultured vegetables and probiotic beverages.
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