Guys, here's the deal - our testosterone levels are dropping faster than ever before! Sure, we naturally lose around 1%-1.25% of our testosterone year over year with age, but it looks like today's modern life is really taking a toll on our manhood. There are new environmental and lifestyle factors now that are really doing damage to men's T levels.
As you age, your testosterone levels with naturally decline over the years, with the greatest overall drop occurring between the ages of 30 and 50.
We know there is a natural decline of T that comes as men age, but what the medical community is seeing now is that the rate of decline is faster now, and that younger and younger men are dealing with various issues related to lower levels of testosterone.
"Researchers can’t measure swagger – but they can measure testosterone, the male sex hormone most responsible for masculine behaviors – and studies show that testosterone levels in men have been on the decline for decades.
Two major studies have confirmed the phenomenon, one in U.S. men and another in Danish men. In the U.S. study, the total testosterone levels measured in men’s blood dropped approximately 22% between 1987 and 2004.
Of course testosterone levels drop as men get older, but what makes the study shocking is that men today actually have less testosterone than men used to have at the same age." (source)
Dr. Mike Carragher
"In the fifteen years since I started practicing Age Management & Hormone Optimization, I’ve noticed a startling change in men’s physiologies.
Across the board, testosterone levels are declining at earlier and earlier ages.
Instead of men coming in from ages 35-45 with less-than-optimal testosterone levels (or “low T”) they’re coming in their late 20s!"
(Reuters Health) - A new study has found a "substantial" drop in U.S. men's testosterone levels since the 1980s, but the reasons for the decline remain unclear. This trend also does not appear to be related to age.
The average levels of the male hormone dropped by 1 percent a year, Dr. Thomas Travison and colleagues from the New England Research Institutes in Watertown, Massachusetts, found. This means that, for example, a 65-year-old man in 2002 would have testosterone levels 15 percent lower than those of a 65-year-old in 1987. This also means that a greater proportion of men in 2002 would have had below-normal testosterone levels than in 1987.
The entire population is shifting somewhat downward we think," Travison told Reuters Health." (source)
There isn't one specific medical study that we can't point to in order to answer this question.
However, based on what we're learning about new ways that have been proven to increase testosterone naturally, we believe that there are three main areas in the life of today's modern man that is causing this faster rate of testosterone decline:
Men today are not eating as healthy as they used to. The food industry has continued to evolve and become much more sophisticated with marketing and advertising to the point where even "healthy" packaged foods are loaded with testosterone-killing additives and preservatives. Then there's just the sheer amount of junk food and fast food that is more available at a cheaper price than ever before. Foods high in simple carbohydrates, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, soy, and a bunch of other things that we can't even spell or pronounce either directly produce more estrogen which kills testosterone, or they lead to significant weight gain and obesity, which also kills testosterone.
Men are less physically active than they were in generations past. Men used to be outside more hunting, fishing, building things, farming, hiking, camping, etc. With the emergence of satellite TV, the Internet, YouTube, Amazon Video, NetFlix, Hulu, video games, computers, and social media, today's modern day man has no incentive to ever get off the couch or out of his chair to go outside and do something physical. This includes working out. With so many things making it so inviting to stay inside, men are having a harder time disciplining themselves to go work out to at get some physical exercise and activity. Along with this men seem to be more chronically stressed out than previous generations when life was simpler. They got better quality sleep because they did more physical things and got physical exercise. They're day-to-day recoup time was of better quality and more defined than today's man.
This has to do with the emergence of all the different chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and so forth that are used all over our foods or the foods given to the animals that we eventually end up eating. Many of these chemicals and so forth have been studied and proven to show that they are highly estrogenic, meaning they produce a high amount of estrogen, and estrogen kills testosterone plain and simple. Not to mention, excess estrogen in a man causes all kinds of serious health problems and issues. Also included in this bucket are things like BPAs (the synthetic chemical compound found in many plastics and resins in water bottles, food containers, etc.)
Here's what we know - we know that there are multiple different factors that are contributing to the faster rate of testosterone decline, therefore, it stands to reason that to defend against the problem, it's going to require a multi-faceted defense.
We have a number of proven ways to combat the problem that fall into the category of either Diet, Lifestyle, or Environmental. We'll talk about some of the most powerful ways that are getting men the most measurable and sustainable results.
The first strategy we'd like to address is in the diet category, and it has to do with supplementing with a testosterone booster. A test booster just makes sense as an easy first-line-of-defense strategy. Why? Because it requires the least amount of work, and it is specifically created to address the issue.