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What is Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone made in the testicles. It helps with the development of male features such as muscles and facial hair, stimulates sperm production, and influences sex drive. Hypogonadism, commonly known as low testosterone or Low T, occurs when the adrenal glands stop producing enough of the hormone.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Symptoms vary from male to male and usually depends on age and general health status. Some common symptoms include:
- Increased belly fat
- Low sex drive
- Feeling depressed
- Problems concentrating
- Mood swings or irritability
- Decreased sperm production
- Decline in muscular strength
- Trouble getting or keeping an erection
The Role of Insulin in Controlling Blood Sugar
Eating the wrong foods cause blood sugar spikes. When these spikes occur, the pancreas excretes higher levels of insulin. Insulin are the conductors of blood sugar to cells for energy absorption. When the cells have had their fill, they become insulin resistant – that is when the insulin needs to convert blood sugar to fat for storage by the body.
This is when fat gets made, and when the T levels in males decrease.
Bottom line, blood sugar spikes are bad for men, and we’ll see below how to prevent them.
The Link Between Blood Sugar and Low Testosterone
Studies show a link between high insulin levels and hypogonadism in men. This is because many men with low T are insulin resistant or experience insulin sensitivity. Their body also needs to produce more insulin to maintain normal blood sugar range. Overproduction of insulin is usually caused when there is a build-up of glucose in the blood. However, the level of the hormone will rise if the body is unable to use it.
When glucose levels are consistently high (hyperglycemia), it can lead to diabetes. Furthermore, men with type 2 diabetes are more at risk of low T, according to the American Diabetes Association. In one study, testosterone remained low in some men two hours later after taking a glucose solution that spiked their blood sugar. It was also found to be much lower than before they took glucose. The results were similar in prediabetics, men with diabetes, and those with normal glucose tolerance.
How to Know if Your Blood Sugar is Lowering Testosterone
The best way to determine if you have low testosterone and help figure out if the issue stems from blood sugar problems is to get evaluated and tested by your doctor. Your doctor will perform a series of tests to make a diagnosis. However, since glucose intake is shown to lower the hormone levels, the testosterone test results may be more accurate if your blood is tested while you are in a fasting state.
Managing Your Blood Sugar and Testosterone Levels
The answer for lowering blood sugar, avoiding diabetes, and raising my T levels lay in a Youtube video my wife saw a couple of months ago.
Their finding was that food types that cause no blood sugar spikes in certain individuals would cause spikes in other. It all had to do with the unique combination of gut microbes that were unique to each person. Change an individual’s gut microbe make-up and you change his blood sugar reaction to specific foods.
An example from their study was a lady who could not lose weight no matter what diet she tried. They discovered that whenever she had dishes containing tomato, she had a bad spike. After eliminating that, she suddenly started losing weight.
How We Went About It
My wife got us a blood glucose meter, we starting keeping track of foods that cause spikes after meals and avoiding those. Oats, rice and wheat turned out to be bad news for both myself and the wife. I unfortunately also had to drop my favorite meal supplement – beer, which is unfortunately wheat based, and causes me to spike and pile on the pounds.
In about a months’ time I had shed about 13 pounds. The gutbucket is gone completely and my T levels are up significantly.
(As always we do not give medical advice. Consult your physician before making major dietary changes)