Men may not live as long if they have low testosterone,
regardless of their age, according to a new study.
The new study, from Germany, adds to the scientific evidence linking deficiency
of this sex hormone with increased death from all causes over time, so-called
The results should serve as a warning for men with low testosterone to have a
healthier lifestyle, including weight control, regular exercise and a healthy diet,
reported researchers from Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, Institute
for Community Medicine.
The researchers believe it is very possible that lifestyle determines levels
In the study, the team looked at death from any cause in nearly 2,000 men aged
20 to 79 years who were living in northeast Germany and who participated in the
Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP). Follow-up averaged 7 years. At the beginning
of the study, 5 percent of these men had low blood testosterone levels, defined as
the lower end of the normal range for young adult men. The men with low testosterone
were older, more obese, and had a greater prevalence of diabetes and high blood
pressure, compared with men who had higher testosterone levels.
Men with low testosterone levels had more than 2.5 times greater risk of dying during
the next 10 years compared to men with higher testosterone, the study found. This
difference was not explained by age, smoking, alcohol intake, level of physical
activity, or increased waist circumference (considered a risk factor for diabetes
and heart disease).
In cause-specific death analyses, low testosterone predicted increased risk of death
due to cardiovascular disease and cancer but not death of any other specific cause.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the principle male sex hormone. It is secreted by the testes in males,
though small quantities are secreted by adrenal glands as well. In an adult male it
primarily helps maintain:
* sex drive or male libido
* muscle mass and strength
* bone strength and
* mood levels
Why is Testosterone So Important?
Testosterone is highly important as the above functions indicate. As a matter of
fact it is the single most factor in giving you your male characterstics. An average
male has forty to sixty times more testosterone than an adult female.
It is the presence of this hormone that makes man more aggressive than females.
Recommended Diet Changes…
Eat more protein, fruits and vegetables and reduce excessive carbohydrate
intake specially of simple sugars and starches like grains, potatoes, pasta.
Eat essential fats such as the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseed as
well as saturated fats are essential for normal testosterone production. All steroid
hormones are produced from cholesterol and when fats are deficient in the diet,
this process will be inhibited.
Studies clearly indicate that low fat diets results in lower testosterone levels while
those higher in protein, lower in carbohydrate and moderate in fat cause the greatest
sustained levels of testosterone and growth hormone.
Be Sure To Exercise…
Both the lack of physical activity and too much of it is going to make your tesosterone
Studies show that with an exercise of 45-60 minutes your testosterone levels will
increase and any more after that is going to have a reverse effect on testosterone
since cortisol begins to increase and testosterone will decline.