Low Testosterone Information and Low T Help

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As we age,  more and more men are facing low T or low testosterone levels.  Typically the symptoms of low testosterone are decreased libido or sex drive, fatigue, decreased muscle, and increased fat.  Erectile dysfunction and even depression have become common in men with low testosterone.

Most physicians feel that they are seeing an increase in low testosterone in the male population.  However many physicians feel that men are speaking up and seeking help from physicians more than they use to.  I’m not convinced that this is the only reason more men are experiencing low testosterone and being diagnosed with low testosterone.

When we look what has changed in the North American diet over that last 60 years. Some suspects that could play a role are foods that are high in estrogen. Obviously men should   avoid or strictly limit consumption of these ingredients.  Two plant based forms of estrogen are soybeans and flax seed.  These two plants in todays diet are very high in estrogen.

In 1944 soy entered the human food chain as soy milk, ice cream and nondairy whipped topping.  Prior to that, soybeans and by-products were considered unfit for human consumption.  One of the best graphs showing soybeans rapid rise in the diets  of North Americans is here:

mercolasoygraph Source:  11 Charts That Show Everything Wrong with Our Modern Diet by Dr. Mercola.

It appears that 1969 is when soy consumption really started to increase in our diets.  Ironically the number of physicians specializing in infertility also has increased like this graph. Population control, makes you wonder if their is a direct correlation.  The number one producer of soybean seed for farmers is Monsanto (now Bayer) and this aggressive grab to control food supply for profits is obvious.  Even worse in 1994 the first genetically modified (GMO) soybean was created and unleashed on the general public. Since 1994 to present 92 to 94% of all soybeans grown in North America are GMO and the name of that seed is “Round-Up Ready Soybeans”, trademark Monsanto.  Men should limit or remove unwanted estrogens from their diets.

The only true way to know if you have low testosterone is to go see a physician.  A simple blood test will measure Total Testosterone  (normal being  241 to 827 NG/DL), Free Testosterone (direct) (normal being 4.25 to 30.37 PG/ML), and Free % Testosterone (normal calculation 0.10 to 0.27 %).

Most physicians feel that OTC or dietary supplements that claim to boost testosterone are not effective.  They are generally expensive.  If you choose prescription or dietary supplements consult your physician.  Let him be your guide with respect to low testosterone.  The best thing that you can do is change your diet. Familiarize yourself with the way soy is disguised on food labels.

Labels might include:  Soy, Soybean, soy lecithin, SVP (soy vegetable protein), TVP (texturized vegetable protein), TSP (textured soy protein), Soybean oil, Soy flour.

Sometimes you will only see the initials used like SVP so beware if you are trying to limit or remove soy from your diet.

If you are a man using flax seed or flax it is probably best to choose an alternate source for Omega 3 such as fish oil supplements.

Testosterone Supplements, Boosters & the Facts

andropauseIf you are a man this is one topic that you are sure to be interested in.  If you have ever priced and looked at supplements that claim to increase or boost testosterone levels then you know that they are expensive.  The question is do they work?  If they do not work what does?

Typically most supplements that allege to increase or boost testosterone levels contain a combination of the following ingredients:  Tribulus, Fenugreek (Testofen), horny goat weed, longjack, catuaba, mucuna pruriens, yohimbe, avena sativa and others.

A look at the literature is mixed at best.  Yes there is a study here and there but not suggestive or convincing enough to make this author drop $50 to $80 plus per bottle.  In addition on May 22, 2015 a class-action lawsuit has been filed against companies that market supplements as “testosterone boosters”.  The lawsuit claims Testofen supplements don’t boost testosterone. In addition Testofen has not been shown to increase free testosterone levels, and the existence of four published studies showing that it has no such effect.  The plaintiff’s  lawsuit cites three other studies that found fenugreek extract has no impact on free testosterone levels. One of the studies cited by the plaintiffs found the placebo group experienced a rise in testosterone by an average of 10 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) over the course of the experiment, while the group who ingested fenugreek suffered a decline in testosterone by an average of 4 ng/ml.

WebMD published an article on boosting low testosterone naturally.  Number one suggestion was to start looking at your daily habits.  Look at what you are eating.  Get plenty of sleep (7-8 hours). Keep a healthy weight and lose those extra pounds. Stay active and go for brisk walks (10 to 20 minutes/day). Try to limit stress in your life as it increases the stress hormone cortisol. Review your medications with your physician to affirm that they are not adding to the problem.

This author feels that a big part of the problem is all of the plant based estrogens that men consume today.  Two of the biggest culprits are soy and flax seed.  Soy was not a part of the human diet until 1979 when the first soy milk was introduced into the grocery store.  Prior to this it was a product that was not considered fit for human consumption.  Both soy (93% is genetically modified and sprayed with the herbicide RoundUp) and flax seed products are high in plant based estrogens (female hormone).  Published studies have shown that the consumption does adversely affect testosterone levels.   A simple search on phyto-estrogens  (plant based estrogens) will help you to learn which foods may be adding to the problem of declining testosterone levels.

The bottom line at this time is that testosterone boosters are expensive and do not appear to deliver the goods.

 

Low Testosterone in Men Causes and the Relationship to an Enlarged Prostate

Many men do not realize but a low testosterone level can be an indicator of an enlarged prostate. The primary reason that their testosterone level is low is due to the fact that the testosterone being produced in their body is being converted to a secondary hormone called DHT or dihydrotestosterone.

This occurs when an enzyme (5-alpha reductase) converts the testosterone into DHT. Typically men notice a loss of libido and a lowered energy level. Often this is detected during blood work at their physician’s office. Since 2008 the annual sales of testosterone prescriptions have more than doubled and last year alone the testosterone market is a $2 billion dollar market.

Unfortunately a testosterone prescription can actually cause a prostate to enlarge as it provides fuel for the fire to actually cause even higher levels of DHT. Testosterone has come under a lot of fire and it is not as safe as the manufacturers have lead physicians to believe. Now days we see television commercials for law firms warning us that in fact testosterone can double the risk of having a heart attack.

Another problem with taking a testosterone prescription is that it does cause you to have a large amount of circulating testosterone but this in fact tells the boys down stairs (a man’s gonads) to actually stop producing testosterone. So the quick fix is actually causing a secondary action and that would be a shutdown of normal testosterone by the testis. If you have ever visited a fertility physician and ask them if they prescribe testosterone they will tell you that “no, they do not”. What they do use is HCG or human chorionic gonadotropic hormone. This is typically administered by injection by a physician. The HCG actually causes the testis to start producing testosterone. This appears to be a better alternative than shutting down all normal testosterone production with a testosterone prescription.

As quiet as it is kept another reason that we have seen an exponential increase in the number of fertility specialists since 1960 could heavily correlate to the introduction of soybeans into the diet of humans. Soybeans are high in estrogens (phytoestrogens or plant based estrogens). The estrogens in soy have been shown to decrease testosterone levels in clinical studies despite the strength of the soybean lobby and erroneous reports on Wikipedia. I have reviewed the Wikipedia information regarding soybeans and it is obviously data that I consider to be tainted by the likes of a multi-national corporation that produces 93% of all soybeans in North America. These soybeans are the one and only Round-Up Ready Soybeans which is a registered trademark of the Monsanto Corporation. Even more troubling is the fact that they are GMO (genetically modified) and are being sprayed with the herbicide Round-Up or glyphosate. Recent studies of both urine samples and breast milk actually document the presence of glyphosate in these bodily fluids.

Most of us think our soy consumption is low but in fact it is high. Soy consumption in North America is approaching 200 grams per day due to the fact that 75% of the items in a typical grocery store contain soy. Remember prior to 1960 there was zero soy in the human diet and the soy that was fed to animals was not GMO or being sprayed with glyphosate.

In light of the above it is wise to consider your diet as another reason that you have low testosterone. Personally I believe that men should opt for almond milk versus soy milk if they cannot tolerate or do not consume regular milk. I no longer purchase breads manufactured with soy flour. I do not purchase sardines pack in soybean oils instead a better choice is olive oil.

I believe you have a choice and that there truly is no reason that men need a testosterone prescription. This completely contradicts the sales goals of the pharmaceutical industry that has convinced physicians to immediately prescribe testosterone. Educate yourself and look what you are putting into your body.

If your low T (testosterone) is the result of increased enzyme (5-alpha reductase) then often a physician will immediately prescribe a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor prescription. Again a red flag should be going off and I suggest that you Google and type in the name of what you are prescribed and then type the word lawsuit. Not all of these problems make it to the level of a law firm commercial on the television. A better choice would be a natural product that has shown 5-alpha reductase inhibitory activity in the medical literature and that would be beta-sitosterol. Once again the plant sterol ester beta-sitosterol comes to the rescue. A word of caution though is that the most common forms of beta-sitosterol available are derived from the “Round-up Ready Soybean”. Look for one that is non-GMO and Soy Free.

I hope this article clarifies things and gives you some food for thought regarding your low T problem that has led to a multi-billion dollar industry of testosterone prescriptions.

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