7 Reasons Your Testosterone Levels are Plummeting

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 10, 2021

By the time we men hit our 30s, our testosterone levels naturally start declining. But over the past several decades, testosterone levels in the U.S. have been dropping more quickly than they did 30 years ago.

Since the late 1980’s, average levels of testosterone in men dropped by one percent each year. So a 65-year-old man in 2021 would have levels 30% lower than a 65-year-old man in 1991. These decreases don’t appear to be associated with lifestyle, so why the big decline?

Well, these days estrogen mimics, called xenoestrogens, are all over the place. These fake estrogens attach to certain cell receptor sites and displace testosterone. Over time they build up in your system and exert estrogen dominance in men. And you can find them almost everywhere.

Bisphenol-A is horrible. You’ll find it in food wraps, plastics and the plastic linings of cans, where it leaches into your foods and beverages. It also seeps into your skin when you handle cash register receipts. That’s why I always choose glass storage containers. It’s inert and won’t affect your body’s concentration of testosterone.

Phthalates are even more insidious. They aren’t just found in plastics. They’re in everything from deodorants to shower curtains to carpeting. In your home, you’ll find them in almost anything that has a fragrance like shampoo, perfume, skin cleansers, air fresheners, laundry detergents and so on. When you use them, the phthalates seep into your body, so here specifically, it’s a good idea to buy organic personal and home care products.

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And here’s a bombshell revelation for you. There’s a really good chance your low testosterone levels are actually related to a medication you’re taking every day. I’m talking about statins. These drugs aren’t considered a xenoestrogen, but they are most definitely associated with testosterone loss.

What Else Sabotages Testosterone?

In addition to all of the gender benders in our modern world, there are other factors in your life that can affect your testosterone levels. And not all of them have to do with growing older.

For example, being significantly overweight at any age is linked to declining testosterone. In fact, obesity might just be one of the leading causes of dwindling testosterone levels in men.

It’s also quite common for men with type 2 diabetes to suffer from low testosterone. I see it often enough here in my own practice. But I’m not the only one. It’s estimated that between 33% and 50% of men with this metabolic disorder have low plasma testosterone.

A sedentary lifestyle saps the testosterone right out of your body, even among men of younger ages. This means that every hour you spend as a television-watching-couch-potato you’re robbing your body of the hormone that defines your maleness.

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How Can You Promote Healthy Testosterone Levels?

It’s clear that your first order of business is to avoid as many estrogen-mimicking gender benders as possible. At the same time, make efforts to reach a healthy weight, control diabetes if you have it and get moving.

Then, consider a few supplements that can encourage healthy testosterone levels.

Chrysin is a flavonoid that works to prevent the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. As a result of this blocking action, it supports higher testosterone levels. And when combined with an extract of black pepper called bioperine, chrysin may help maintain lower estrogen levels and promote free testosterone levels in as little as one month. For men I recommend 150 mg of chrysin with 5 mg of bioperine daily.

I also like an herb called tongkat ali (eurycoma longifolia) that supports the production of testosterone while regulating the substance most of it gets bound to. This encourages more free testosterone to remain in your bloodstream. It only takes 100 mg daily to reinforce your testosterone levels.

Zinc is another big testosterone supporter. It maintains the healthy production of aromatase, an enzyme that reduces testosterone. If you’re eating a zinc-deficient diet, your testosterone levels could drop by almost three-quarters in just 20 short weeks.

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