January 15, 2020
Testosterone levels in the West are getting visibly lower with every passing year.
Plastics and soy play a big part in this.
Toxic cookware is likely involved.
Junk food and its mystery chemicals are definitely involved.
Now a new study points to another contributing factor: not eating enough fat.
It’s been shown that losing excess weight can help men diagnosed with low testosterone raise their levels of the essential male sex hormone. However, a new set of research performed in Chicago finds a low-fat diet probably isn’t the best choice for many men looking to lose weight and raise their testosterone. Researchers say such a diet is associated with a small, but significant decrease in testosterone levels.
“We found that men who adhered to a fat restrictive diet had lower serum testosterone than men on a nonrestrictive diet,” comments Jake Fantus, MD, of the Section of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago Medicine, in a release. “However, the clinical significance of small differences in serum T across diets is unclear.”
Now it would be interesting to look at vegans eating a low-fat diet to see what happens when animal foods are removed — I mean, to measure what happens.
Seeing what happens is easy.
His voice says it all.
It’s nice to put numbers to what’s readily observable though.
Using data collected from a nationwide health survey, the research team analyzed over 3,100 men, including information on each man’s dietary habits and serum testosterone level. In all, 14.6% of included men fit the criteria for a low-fat diet (per American Heart Association guidelines), while 24.4% followed a Mediterranean diet (lots of fruits, vegetables, and grains & low amounts of animal protein and dairy). Additionally, only a small number of analyzed men followed a low-carbohydrate diet, so they weren’t included in the subsequent analysis.
Among all analyzed males, the average serum testosterone level was 435.5 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter). However, men following a low-fat diet had an average T-level of 411 ng/dL, and men following a Mediterranean diet came in at 413 ng/dL.
After these initial observations, the research team decided to account for additional outside factors that may influence one’s testosterone levels, such as age, BMI, exercise habits, and medical history. After refining their results, a low-fat diet was still shown to be significantly associated with reduced serum testosterone. However, a Mediterranean diet no longer showed a connection.
In total, 26.8% of the analyzed men had a testosterone level less than 300 ng/dL, which is typically considered the cut off point when diagnosing a case of male testosterone deficiency. Interestingly, despite the fluctuations in average testosterone levels across dietary choices, the proportion of men dealing with low levels of the hormone was similar across all diets.
Low testosterone certainly isn’t a rare condition in the United States. In fact, it’s estimated that an additional 500,000 American males are diagnosed with a deficiency each year. Common symptoms attributed to low levels of the hormone include decreased energy and sex drive and weaker bone density.
Other symptoms include: unsettling voice, cringey sense of humor, taking women seriously, high levels of body fat, crying regularly while watching movies, self-hate, experiencing a kind of maternal instinct towards out-group individuals, and more.
Masculine voices are soothing, deep and stable.
A masculine sense of humor is spontaneous and authentic. Jokes are made because they’re funny — they are given as a gift, no strings attached, because they’re not born out of a need for approval.
Men with enough testosterone instinctively view women as lesser beings, because testosterone drives one towards competition and requires a subconscious establishment of hierarchies.
Excess body fat lowers testosterone levels and increases estrogen.
High estrogen levels exacerbate feelings and make people more likely to cry for objectively unremarkable things.
Testosterone drives territoriality. You can’t be territorial if you hate your territory. Territorial men don’t hate themselves, and they feel an instinctive repulsion towards outsiders, stemming from their drive to protect what’s theirs.
Does any of the above sound like the average Western man?
The West is deficient in testosterone.