There’s been a lot of talk recently about the men of this generation; how, when compared to men of previous generations, they just don’t stack up. Now, there are a lot of theories being thrown around to explain this apparent decline in manhood – porn addiction, changing economy, rise of feminism, etc. – but there is one thing that we can objectively point to:
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Researchers have found that average testosterone levels in American men have been steadily declining over the past few decades (1).Follow @AboutLifting
In modern society, low testosterone levels can largely be narrowed down to lifestyle factors such as bad nutrition, lack of exercise, sleep deprivation, etc. So it makes sense that optimizing these factors will have the opposite effect; an increase in testosterone naturally. But since doctors and physicians know how bad people are at changing their habits (that, and to make some extra money), they prescribe the easy-fix instead:
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)
The number of older and middle-aged men prescribed testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has more than tripled since 2001 (2). Big Pharma is capitalizing on this opportunity to label low T as a disease, and marketing the solution in the form of gels, pellets, injections, and creams.
But the problem with exogenous testosterone is that, once you take it, your body shuts off its own natural production. In most cases, men who opt for TRT are addressing symptoms (fatigue, loss of libido, decreased muscle and strength, etc.) while completely ignoring the root cause (a sub-optimal lifestyle).
The following infographic goes over the big picture of low testosterone: what low testosterone levels mean for you, what may be causing them, and how to go about fixing them by making simple changes in your diet and lifestyle.