Is Your Diet Killing Your Mojo?
A low-fat diet may be lowering your testosterone level and killing your sex life.
Every man knows that his sex drive or libido kicks into overdrive once his testosterone level spikes during puberty. But, did you also know that as you age, it’s important to keep your testosterone level high to make sure you do not lose interest in sex or develop other sexual health problems such as erectile dysfunction.
If you are over 35 and find that your “mojo” isn’t what it used to be, it could because of low testosterone.
Men do start to lose testosterone once they are in their 30s, but you could be making your age-related testosterone decline worse by the foods that you eat.
A new study has found that a low-fat diet could lower a man’s testosterone level.
The study published in March in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology analyzed the testosterone levels in 206 healthy men and compared them in terms of what they ate, whether they were high-fat or low-fat diets.
What they found was that 10 to 15 percent of the men in the trial saw a decrease in testosterone levels while on a low-fat diet.
“Low-fat diets appear to decrease testosterone levels in men, but further randomized controlled trials are needed to confirm this effect,” the study authors concluded. The dip was particularly true of men with European ancestry, who “may experience a greater decrease in testosterone,” the authors said.
The study is important because as men age – the very same time that they could be experiencing their greatest testosterone loss – many try to “eat healthier” by cutting fats from their diets. This research suggests that men who want to reduce fats for health reasons but do not want to risk lowering their overall testosterone level should not eliminate all fats but focus on keeping some “good fats.”
Some sources of “good fats” for men include:
- Chia Seeds
- Dark chocolate
- Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel
Why Are Testosterone Levels So Important?
Regardless of how well or poorly you eat, every man’s testosterone level declines as he ages.
This means even if you maintain a healthy diet, you still face a steady decline of testosterone that occurs soon after you reach your 20th birthday.
Eating poorly may speed this decline, and eating better could slow it, but once you are over 30, your testosterone level starts to drop at a rate of 1% – 2% every year. By the time you are 70, your testosterone level is likely to be half of what it was in your 20s. Due to this steady decline, most men between the ages of 35 and 65 are suffering some degree of age-related testosterone deficiency.
The symptoms of age-related low testosterone include:
- Low libido and erectile dysfunction
- Lack of energy
- Loss of lean muscle
- Weight gain particularly increased belly fat
- Disturbed sleep
- Mood swings, depression, and anxiety
- Memory loss and cognitive difficulties
Any disease or injury that impacts the testes could lead to low testosterone in men. However, the primary cause of low testosterone or “andropause” in men over 40 is the normal drop in testosterone that occurs as men age. Despite its continued need, once you exit your teen years, your testosterone levels start to decline steadily. It is this drop in testosterone levels that occur the older you get that is primarily responsible for low testosterone in men.
The good news is that testosterone replacement therapy can give you back what time and nature take away.
What Are the Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Here are some of the many benefits that hundreds of patients are experiencing from testosterone replacement at our West Palm Beach, Florida-based hormone clinics right now.
A 2009 study concluded that “Restoring testosterone levels to within the normal range by using testosterone replacement therapy can improve many of the effects of [low testosterone]. Most importantly, these include beneficial effects on mood, energy levels, and patients’ sense of well-being, sexual function, lean body mass, and muscle strength, and bone mineral density (BMD), cognition, and some benefits on cardiovascular risk factors.”
In addition, testosterone replacement therapy has been shown to provide:
- Improved skin and hair health
- Increased strength and vitality
- Weight loss
- Improved heart health
- Stronger bones
- Improved sleep
The Best Treatments for Age-Related Hormone Decline
You deserve to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle at any age! But, unfortunately, as men and women age, your levels of critical hormones like testosterone drop, which harm your ability to enjoy life.
Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, is the key to getting back what time and nature take away.
Medical research has shown that testosterone replacement and/or HGH replacement therapy are extremely effective ways to treat age-related hormone decline. Hormone Logics’ HRT treatments for men and women have been proven to offer individuals between the ages of 35 and 65 a greatly improved quality of life.
Our medical director is Mazyar Rouhani, MD. Dr. Rouhani has long been a medical innovator. He is a co-founder of Symptify, an online symptom checker to better educate patients about their conditions. Recently, Dr. Rouhani has focused his endeavors on improving patients’ health using IV fluid hydration. Using his medical expertise combined with his passion for optimizing each individual’s health and vitality, Dr. Rouhani combines his knowledge and expertise to provide the integrated approach to antiaging medicine to help his patients look and feel their best.
Once I hit 40, I just did not feel like the man I wanted to be. I was tired, irritable, and even my sex life was suffering. After taking a complete medical history and having my blood work done, we found out I had low testosterone. I’m only 42, and I did not think I had to worry about that! After a few months of testosterone injections, I am feeling like a new man in every way you can imagine! Mark H., Lake Worth, FL
If you would like to learn a little bit more about the many life-changing benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, please contact us today by calling (561) 640-3333.