Testosterone too low – what do I do?
In popular culture, testosterone has become strongly associated with men and masculinity. It is true if we are talking about turning boys into men at puberty. But that’s not the entire story. Testosterone does much more, and women need it too. It has an anabolic (build up effect), increases bone and muscle strength and boosts metabolism. It is also important for sex drive in both men and women. So when testosterone levels are low, a condition commonly known as Low-T, everyone suffers regardless of the gender.
Several genes are responsible for testosterone production. A few lifestyle modifications can help maximize the output of those genes before you need to see a doctor for hormone replacement therapy.
Testosterone-influencing genes: ESR1 and SHBG1 + SHBG2
If you want to buff up and have a lean body, testosterone is your best friend. Testosterone, aside from being responsible for building muscle mass and strength, also helps determine how your body stores up and uses nutrients. If you are genetically predisposed to have low testosterone, or if you keep up a lifestyle and diet that’s detrimental to your testosterone levels, you could be putting yourself at risk for a host of problems, including higher body fat, low metabolism, and reduced muscle mass.
Steps to take to boost your testosterone level:
The good news is, making a few changes to your lifestyle can easily bring your testosterone levels right back to optimal levels. Here are a few suggestions:
- losing weight
- observing a testosterone-friendly diet
- lifting heavy weights
- incorporating high-intensity interval training in your workouts
- taking magnesium supplements
- getting good-quality sleep