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You Probably Have Less Testosterone Than Your Grandfather Did

April 25th, 2019

Population-level decline in serum testosterone levels leaves many men facing symptoms of low T

From winning WWII to pulling the American economy back after the Great Depression, the “Greatest Generation” accomplished a lot. If their indefatigable spirit and physical prowess seem like something you could never equal, there may be a reason—men of earlier generations had more testosterone than men do today.

According to several studies, average testosterone levels in men are on the decline. One study pegged the rate of decline at about 1 percent per year. In other words, the average 65-year-old American man in 2004 (the last year the study covered) had about 17 percent less testosterone than his counterpart in 1987.

Why Is This Happening?

Modern life seems to be taking its toll on average testosterone levels. The exact causes of this trend aren’t yet clear, but experts have identified some likely culprits. For example, we know that being overweight tends to reduce testosterone levels—in part because fat can actually convert testosterone to estrogen. Therefore, rising obesity rates almost certainly have a role to play in decreasing average testosterone. Pollution is also likely a problem. Many different chemicals found in pesticides and other pollutants can act as endocrine disruptors—meaning they mimic, block, or otherwise interfere with the proper action of various hormones in the body. For example, research has shown that high levels of PCBs in men’s systems correlate with lower testosterone levels.

What Declining Average Testosterone Means for Men

Testosterone is the feel-good hormone for men. It is responsible for keeping men physically fit, mentally sharp, and energized. Low testosterone is also associated with increased risk of health problems including obesity, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

Testosterone naturally declines with age, until eventually it reaches the point where men may notice symptoms such as fatigue, muscle loss, weight gain, insomnia, low sex drive, hair loss, memory loss, and other problems commonly associated with feeling “old.” With average testosterone levels on the decline, men are likely to develop symptoms of low T at younger ages. Today, it is not uncommon for men to need low T treatment as early as their 20s and 30s.

What You Can Do Right Now

If you suspect you may be suffering from declining testosterone, get your levels checked. If your levels fall below the optimal range, Renew Youth can work with you to implement a personalized treatment plan that will not only restore healthy testosterone, but also ensure that your other vital hormones are balanced. To learn more, contact us today.

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