As men age, lower testosterone levels become a concern. Many may think that the change in their hormone levels is just a consequence of growing older and that there's not much they can do about it—but that's not true.
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.
The study involved 42 men with normal blood sugar levels, 23 men who had “pre-diabetic” blood sugar levels, and 9 men who were newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Each was given a sugary solution to drink and then had their testosterone levels tested.
Regardless of blood sugar status, blood levels of testosterone dropped by as much as 25 percent and remained low even after a period of two hours. Fifteen 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 age 30 in this country have lower than normal testosterone levels. That number is expected to rise as the U.S. population continues aging. Symptoms of low testosterone can include:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Osteoporosis and bone fracture
- Heart disease
- Weight gain
- Muscle loss
- Decreased physical performance
When you look this 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?