As a man ages, research has shown that his testosterone levels will naturally decrease. This natural decline in hormone levels start in a man’s late thirties.
However, we are beginning to see more and more of a drop in testosterone in men in their teens and twenties. On top of that, older men’s levels are decreasing at a much faster percentage than normal.
We are starting to realize that these problems are two-fold. One of the biggest problems is that males are being exposed to more estrogens during their life. These are foreign estrogens that are found in the environment. They are in our plastics, water supply, and foods. These estrogens interfere with natural hormone balances and decrease the body’s ability to produce and utilize testosterone. These changes are especially evident in later years due to the accumulated exposure to estrogen through life and decreasing internal levels of male hormones. The other name for male hormones in the body is androgens. Therefore, we have started to term these abnormal male hormone changes as andropause.
When hormones are affected then, we begin to see many different symptoms such as fatigue, mood changes, sexual dysfunction, fertility problems, weight gain, and sleep problems. If you are experiencing these symptoms, then it is important to get your hormones assessed. However, there are natural things that you can do to help decrease symptoms and prevent.
Click here to take a simple testosterone assessment to see if you demonstrate signs of low testosterone
First, of all testosterone levels are affected by exercise and diet. Regular exercise, especially resistance training, can help to increase testosterone levels. Also, high-intensity interval training can help to improve hormones in the body. The other component of exercise that is helpful is the fact that weight loss and healthy weight maintenance is an important component for hormone health. Dietary changes are also very important. Decreasing exposure to foreign estrogens through organic food and filtered water is important. Also, increased sugar and processed food consumption can interfere with hormones. Therefore, it is also important to eat a clean diet.
If your levels are low it is also important to find a practitioner that can work with you to help to get your levels up in a safe and effective manner. We are building a site of practitioners that you will be able to utilize to find someone to treat you locally. That site is oneagora.com. It is still in its infancy, but we hope to get more practitioners on the site.
There are also some great links to research on andropause and the effects it has on male health. We recommend these links for further information.