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How to Maintain Testosterone Levels in Our Modern Environments

Monday, June 12th 2023 10:00am 11 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Testosterone is a hormone that plays a crucial role in the development and maintenance of male sexual characteristics. It is also important for maintaining muscle mass, bone density, and overall health. However, over the last few decades, the average testosterone levels in men have been declining, leading to concerns about the potential health implications of this trend. Several modern causes have been identified that can contribute to lower testosterone levels, including a sedentary lifestyle, poor sleep quality, high stress levels, an unhealthy diet, excess alcohol consumption, exposure to environmental toxins, and various medical conditions.

Sedentary Lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the most common modern causes of lower testosterone levels. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on testosterone levels in men. A study published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism found that resistance training can increase testosterone levels in men by up to 40% (West et al., 2011). Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that men who engaged in regular physical activity had higher testosterone levels than men who were sedentary (Travison et al., 2007).

On the other hand, a lack of physical activity can lead to lower testosterone levels. This is because physical activity helps stimulate the production of testosterone in the body. When the body is not physically active, there is less demand for testosterone, which can lead to a decrease in production. A study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that prolonged sitting can lead to a decrease in testosterone levels in men (Tremblay et al., 2017). Therefore, it is important for men to engage in regular physical activity to help maintain healthy testosterone levels.

Poor sleep quality

Sleep is essential for overall health, and it also plays a critical role in regulating testosterone levels. Several studies have found that poor sleep quality can lead to lower testosterone levels in men. One study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that men who had less than 5 hours of sleep per night had significantly lower testosterone levels than men who had 8 hours of sleep per night (Leproult et al., 2001). Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that men who had sleep apnea had significantly lower testosterone levels than men without sleep apnea (Tasali et al., 2008).

There are several reasons why poor sleep quality can lead to lower testosterone levels. First, sleep helps regulate the production of testosterone in the body. When the body is not getting enough sleep, there is less demand for testosterone, which can lead to a decrease in production. Second, poor sleep quality can lead to an increase in stress levels, which can also contribute to lower testosterone levels. Therefore, it is important for men to prioritize getting enough high-quality sleep to help maintain healthy testosterone levels.

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