Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism): 7 Causes (Dietary, etc.) and Ways to Increase Testosterone Levels

Hey everyone! In this video, we're talking 
about seven reasons for why someone might   have low testosterone level. So we're going to 
talk about seven causes of low testosterone,   and we're also going to talk about ways we can 
increase testosterone levels. So one of the   largest contributors to low testosterone levels is 
the chemical bisphenol A. Now bisphenol A is found   in polycarbonate plastics, so an example would 
be plastic water bottles. So studies have shown   that bisphenol A or BPA lowers testosterone levels 
in men, and it also lowers the levels of another   androgen, known as androstenidione. And it's also 
been shown that men that go to fertility clinics   nearly 90 percent have bisphenol A or BPA in their 
urine. So bisphenol A is considered one of the   largest contributors to low testosterone in men. 
So the second reason for low testosterone levels   is being overweight or obese, and the reason 
is is because if an individual has more adipose   tissue or more fat the adipose tissue contains 
an enzyme known as aromatase, and aromatase is   actually an enzyme that converts testosterone to 
estrogen.

So we actually reduce our testosterone   levels by having more of this enzyme around. Now 
there's also the issue with diabetes. Now if we're   overweight or obese, it increases our risk of 
diabetes, and diabetes has also been shown to   reduce testosterone levels. The third reason 
for low testosterone levels is reduced sleep.   So reduced sleep leads to increased cortisol 
levels (or another stress hormone cortisone),   and it also lowers morning testosterone levels. 
And in particular, studies have shown that   reducing one's sleep in the second half of the 
night (so if we wake up earlier than normal),   our testosterone levels are lower than if we were 
to sacrifice our sleep in first half of the night   or when we first go to bed. If we were to stay 
up later it is actually not as bad as if we were   to get up early – so that's another reason for 
why we might have low testosterone levels.

Now   the fourth reason for low testosterone levels 
is dietary factors now there are certain things   in our diet that can actually reduce testosterone 
levels, and there are certain things that we need   to get from our diet such as vitamins and minerals 
that are required for testosterone production. Now   one thing that someone may eat that can actually 
reduce testosterone levels is soy protein or soy   foods. Now it's been shown that soy is similar 
in structure to estrogen and this can lead to   suppressed levels of testosterone, and as I 
mentioned before, other things are required in our   diet to produce testosterone, if we have a diet 
that's very low in fat this can lead to reduced   testosterone levels, also a deficiency in the 
mineral zinc also reduces testosterone levels, and   this is because zinc is important in production of 
testosterone, so if we have a deficiency in zinc   we will have lower testosterone levels. And also 
any deficiency in vitamins E and C also can reduce   testosterone levels, and this is because vitamins 
E and C actually help maintain zinc levels. The   fifth reason for low testosterone levels is stress 
and this is again because of increased cortisol   levels.

So again as we mentioned before cortisol 
is a stress hormone and in fact increased cortisol   levels act on the brain to increase levels of the 
hormone gonadotropin inhibiting hormone – this   leads to reduced testosterone levels – it 
reduces testosterone production so stress lowers   testosterone levels. The sixth reason for low 
testosterone levels is alcohol consumption, and   this is especially important with the consumption 
of beer – now hops in beer are estrogenic, so   again if we have something that's estrogenic, it's 
going to lead to reduced levels of testosterone.   And the seventh reason for a low testosterone 
level is asexuality. Now the low testosterone   levels actually can lead to a lower desire for sex 
or a lower libido, and lower libidos can actually   lead to lower testosterone levels – so it's a 
vicious circle of cause and effect. So what are   10 ways to increase testosterone levels? Well 
one of them is to avoid the use of plastics or   avoid drinking out of plastic bottles – so instead 
you should try to drink from a glass or stainless   steel. A second way to increase testosterone 
levels is to avoid eating soy products so   avoid eating soy protein, avoid drinking soy milk 
because again soy is estrogenic.

The next thing   we can do to increase testosterone levels is to 
limit consumption of alcohol, and in particular   avoid drinking beer because of the hops. Now it's 
better to limit consumption of alcohol but if   you're going to drink alcohol it's suggested that 
vodka is a better alternative to beer, so limited   consumption of vodka may be okay now. Also a fifth 
way of increasing testosterone levels is to sleep   in a dark room for at least eight hours per night, 
so again if we have a reduced amount of sleep per   night, we are going to increase cortisol levels, 
and then you're going to reduce your testosterone   levels, so it's important to get a good night's 
sleep.

The next thing we can do is we can reduce   stress through different types of relaxation so 
listen to music, doing yoga, doing meditation,   these can all reduce stress they can all help to 
increase testosterone levels. The seventh thing   we can do is we can lose weight – so remember that 
adipose tissue or fat contains aromatase enzymes,   so the more fat we have the more aromatase enzyme 
we have, and remember that aromatase converts   testosterone to estrogen, so you're going to lead 
to lower levels of testosterone.

Another thing we   can do is we can increase our consumption of zinc, 
and zinc can come from a variety of sources – some   of the highest concentrations of zinc occur 
in oysters, you can also get zinc from beef,   from pork, from poultry but if you are wanting to 
get away from meat you can have other plant-based   alternatives such as beans and nuts, things like 
that can also increase your zinc they all contain   a good amount of zinc. Another thing we can do 
is we can increase consumption of healthy fats,   so remember that low-fat diets can lead to reduced 
testosterone levels and I put emphasis on healthy   fats – so healthy fats like fish oil, plant 
oils, like olive oil and coconut oil are good   sources of healthy fats. And the last thing 
we can do is we can have a healthy sex life   and all of these things can lead to increased 
levels of testosterone and can ultimately lead   to a healthier, more energetic life for many men 
that may suffer from low testosterone levels.

So   anyways guys I hope you found this lesson helpful. 
If you did, please like, and subscribe for more   videos like this one and as always thank you so 
much for watching and I'll see you next time!.

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