Cut Sugar, Boost Testosterone

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Men's Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

As men age, lower testosterone levels become a concern. Many men may think that this is just a consequence of growing older and there's not much that can be done. But that's not entirely true at all. In fact, a recent study found that testosterone levels are actually linked to blood sugar levels, and that consuming sugar cuts the levels of circulating testosterone in the blood significantly.

In the study involving 42 men with normal blood sugar, 23 with “pre-diabetic” blood sugar levels, and nine men with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes, each of the men was given a sugary solution to drink and then had their testosterone levels tested. Regardless of whether they had diabetes or not, blood levels of testosterone dropped by as much as 25 percent and remained low even after a period of two hours. And 15 percent of the 66 men with normal testosterone levels before the test experienced testosterone drops so low that they would be classified as having “hypogonadism,” or testosterone levels low enough that would require taking the hormone.

Test surveys have shown that as many as one out every four men over the age of 30 in this country have lower than normal levels of testosterone. The number is expected to rise because of the ongoing aging of the US population. Symptoms of low testosterone can include a low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis and bone fracture, depression, lethargy, insomnia, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, muscle loss, and decreased physical performance.

When you look at the above list of symptoms, it’s pretty obvious the pharmaceutical industry has already capitalized on a largely unrecognized epidemic of testosterone deficiency. Now that sugar consumption has been found to be a major factor in lowering testosterone levels, it’s no wonder that the problem has become so widespread.

By doing nothing else but eliminating sugar from your diet, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, hormonal problems, obesity, and practically every major disease of our time. And now, you can add boosting your testosterone levels to that list.

Now it's your turn: What health benefits have you noticed from cutting sugar out of your diet?

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