As you get older, you get wiser because you learn from past experiences and gain more knowledge. That’s the good news. The bad news is that faculties that were once on point start to decline, such as vision, hearing, balance, and bone strength. From a hormonal standpoint, testosterone tends to decrease. But the reason why is a little less obvious than it appears.
Testosterone is produced in the testicles, and it is the basis for all male characteristics, such as muscle mass, strength, energy, sex drive, bone density, mood, and brain function. When it dips, all of these actions are compromised.
When you get older, it is said that your T-levels progressively start to plummet. But this is only partly true. According to The Endocrine Society, a study done by Australian researchers claims that age has no effect on T-levels. Declining T-levels are the result of deteriorating health overall.
That raises the question: What are these factors that can have a negative effect on T-levels?
In some cases, the body does not produce the right amount of testosterone. But this can happen at any age, even in young adults. If your body is having a malfunction when it comes to producing testosterone, then it has nothing to do with age.
And it might not produce other key hormones properly, either. Overall, low T-levels are more often caused by a collection of things that happen over time.
If you look at weight gain, for example, this has a major effect on testosterone. One of the issues with aging is that your metabolism tends to slow down. When this happens, you end up gaining more weight. Couple that with the fact that your muscle starts to diminish and you have a recipe for disaster when it comes to T-levels.
It’s a double whammy because muscle is metabolically active tissue. Take some of it away and you burn fewer calories and gain more weight. The vicious circle is then exacerbated.
Often, your T-levels might actually look normal. But any time you gain excess weight, they have a tendency to get blunted. This is the case particularly when that weight gain occurs in your midsection.
Abdominal fat, also known as visceral fat, packs around the organs and gives off toxic cells. This makes you more susceptible to diseases and organ-related dysfunction like fatty liver disease.
Combine all these factors together and you have a perfect storm for lower T-levels. Add in the fact that people tend to be more tired and less interested in things as they age and your T-levels can take even more of a hit.
It is best to take as many precautionary measures as you can when you get older. You may not be able to outrun Mother Nature, but you can certainly age gracefully and ward of the rigors of the inevitable with some strategic moves.
First of all, exercise is great in many ways. It can help you maintain your muscle mass, keep away unwanted pounds, boost your energy levels, and improve your mood. Plus, if you work out at a high intensity on an empty stomach, you’ll get a natural testosterone boost.
Eating the right way and including some key foods in your diet can also work wonders. Your goal is to avoid weight gain, so stick to foods that are healthy, whole, and as close to natural as possible.
Add foods that are known to help with testosterone-boosting, too, like cruciferous vegetables, nuts, seeds, salmon, avocados, and coconut oil. Be sure to avoid excessive amounts of alcohol, and remember to stop eating when you are full.
Sometimes the obvious isn’t as obvious as it appears. Pay attention to how your body feels and performs as you start to age. If you feel that your energy is starting to decline, you’re losing interest in sex, and you’re not as strong as you once were, it’s probably more down to the overall effects of aging than just your T-levels.