Just like other hormones, testosterone levels change with aging which then impacts men’s health. According to the National Institutes of Health, total testosterone levels fall “at an average of 1.6%.” What does it mean when testosterone levels decline? And is it possible to get it back up? These are the questions men should know the answer to.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone produced by a man’s sex organ called the gonads, to be more specific it is a sex hormone. It plays an important part in developing a boy’s body as he goes through puberty. It is responsible for the increase in height, growth of body and pubic hair, enlargement of the prostate gland and penis, as well as an increase in libido. Testosterone levels usually peak around the ages of 18 and 19 and from there, gradually decline.
Testosterone is also important during adulthood as it produces sperm, drives sex drive, ensures bone and muscle strength, and signals the body to produce new red blood cells.
Testosterone and aging
The decline in testosterone levels impacts a man’s sex drive, mood, body function, diet, and sleep. Low testosterone levels can also lead to erectile dysfunction and that is when people seek professional help and medication. However, too much medication and supplements can result in excess testosterone which can then lead to health issues. A man’s testosterone level should always be balanced. A good balance in testosterone levels can make someone look and feel younger.
One factor to be mindful of is sexual drive. According to the National Council on Aging, a gradual decline in libido is common with both men and women as they age. Many people struggle with low sex drive that impacts their social life as well as romantic relationships. It is important for men to be aware of their testosterone level and how it affects their lives.
Ways how to improve testosterone despite aging
People can’t stop aging meaning they can’t stop their testosterone levels from declining. However, there are many things people can do to improve their testosterone levels.
Get plenty of sleep
Most testosterone hormones are released when people are sleeping. Getting plenty of sleep promotes sufficient testosterone levels. With that, poor quality of sleep can lead to lower testosterone levels. Good quality of sleep is very beneficial for an individual for so many reasons.
Effective stress management
Low hormones affect an individual’s mood negatively. It also works the other way around, stress, anxiety, overthinking, and depression are bad to testosterone levels. Reducing stress or better managing it can help balance your testosterone levels. That is why it is important to deal with your stress proactively. Too much stress can result to a lot of healthy consequences.
Just like aging, diet is linked to hormones. Many studies found that men with unhealthy diets mostly consisting of saturated fats, processed foods, carbohydrates, and sugary drinks tend to have lower testosterone levels. It is also good to be aware of food that is considered sex drive killers. On the other hand, people who are health conscious about what they eat have higher testosterone levels. Mental health and health issues are also other factors that affect testosterone levels.
Embracing a healthy lifestyle can do wonders to your testosterone levels. So remember, there is something you can do with your hormones despite your age. If you are considering taking supplements or medications, it is best to visit a doctor first. Other than medication, there are also natural ways to boost testosterone.