Also, low levels of testosterone may result in a decline in muscle mass and strength, and an increase in upper body and abdominal fat. Below are a few scenarios where a man’s T levels will hit south.
A Harvard study in 2002 has shown that married men experience a dip in testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for men fighting and competing, therefore researchers theorize that lower T levels will make men more settled down and focused towards parenting instead of getting killed by wild animals or in a brutal fight competing for another mate.
The same study from Harvard also shows that a man’s testosterone levels can dip significantly when he holds an infant in his hands. Even holding a baby doll can cause T levels to plummet!
Humiliation is the worst enemy of testosterone. When a man is forced to do something humiliating, or to take orders from someone he considers inferior, his T levels drop significantly! Soldiers who go through such ordeals during the first few weeks of officer cadet schools suffer from a decreased testosterone levels.
Even the late Saddam Hussein is known for his preference of being greeted by his subordinates with a kiss on his armpit. Saddam knew, either consciously or not, that having soldiers and other subordinates kiss his armpit is a humiliating act that will suppress their testosterone levels to the depths of hell. How would you feel about revolting against someone whose armpits you have kissed before?
As we grow older, our testosterone levels will reach its peak and then start dropping. This is something that cannot be helped though.
Soy protein lowers the risks of heart diseases so we should take more soy protein foods right? No, not unless you want to risk your manhood being messed with. Soy protein contains substances inside that do just about everything bad inside your system like affecting thyroid production, muscle growth, health, and most importantly, your testosterone levels. A study done showed that soy protein ingested over a period of time, caused a 76% decrease in testosterone levels in men!
When competitive men with higher baseline testosterone levels lose in a competition, their hunger for power makes them thirst for victory and testosterone levels shoot up. They crave for even more testosterone, and the only way to achieve that is to challenge the winner again.
However, men who are not as competitive have lower baseline levels of testosterone, and on losing, their testosterone levels drop instead!
Emotional stress is a frequent cause of decreased testosterone levels. When the “fight or flight” alarm reaction system kicks in, stress hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol are released. These hormones that are released to protect our lives have catabolic activities. This means they break down body stores of fat and protein to be used for acute resources of energy and immune response. They go even one step farther and inhibit all anabolic processes has well. Because in life or death situations, the body does not need to build muscle, eat, have sexual thoughts etc. processes that require vital life energy and therefore all anabolic (building) processes including the production of testosterone are shut down.
Both lack of exercise and exercising too much will also cause T levels to plummet. Exercise effects testosterone levels directly which is why the duration, intensity and frequency of exercise will determine the circulating levels of testosterone. Testosterone levels increase most with short intense bursts, while it decreases with prolonged activity especially that of frequent endurance training. Low Testosterone Levels – A Marker For Increased Cardiovascular Mortality