Low Testosterone Facts and Figures

Low testosterone is becoming an epidemic in today’s modern society. 

From Justin Bieber blasting on the airways to drugs in MMA, low T is everywhere.

This past weekend at UFC 139, Dan Henderson, who fought to a 5-round decision with Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, has said publicly that he’s on testosterone replacement therapy.

The ethics of this are up to debate, but the fact is that he’s doing nothing illegal and he’s within the legal limits.

The fact of the matter is that until the rules are changed, you’ve got to do whatever you can to compete, if this is going to be how you make your living.

HOWEVER, if you’re not down with drugs or the associated costs, there are a lot of things you can do naturally to keep your T high, which we’ll be talking about soon…

A year ago or so, I watched a documentary called “The Disappearing Male” that talked about the role of environmental toxins on the globally declining birth rate of males. [You can watch the full documentary here]

The documentary was based in Sarnia, Ontario, a town whose economy is based on the petroleum industry.

The theory is that the refining of petroleum products is spewing chemicals in the air called xenoestrogens that mimic the effects of the female sex hormone estrogen in the body.

When estrogen levels are high it skews the estrogen:testosterone balance towards femininity.

This is why many more baby girls than baby boys are being born in Sarnia, Ontario, say the documentary creators.

It’s also possibly why men have accepted the idea of wearing skin tight jeans.

I couldn’t imagine putting those things on, not to mention walking around in them!

Anyway, this is all just theory, but here’s some hard data for you to swallow:

A 2007 study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that from 1987 to 2004, testosterone levels in men have been on the steady decline.

So if you’ve felt that there’s been a general ‘sissification’ of men as time has worn on, your feeling might be right.

And it could all be due to low testosterone.

And it doesn’t just happen in men, women are also feeling the effects of a skewed estrogen:testosterone ratio, as you may remember a post I wrote called “Hormones and Body Fat” about a boxer who I felt may have had some T issues, which was preventing her from losing fat.

[UPDATE: Since implementing the changes I outlined in that post (and a few others), she went from 130+ lbs to make  her weight class of 112 lbs to win the Provincial championships]

But most of you reading this are males, who, like me don’t mind a bit of hair on their chest or feel that scratching your crotch and burping loudly are god-given rights you must exercise on a regular basis.

Except I’m Chinese and I couldn’t grow hair on my chest for a million dollars…

But the other two I’m with you on.

Anyway, there are a whole range of symptoms that could be related to low testosterone.

Because testosterone is such a powerful hormone in our bodies, if it’s thrown off, a range of bad things can happen.

Unless of course you enjoy chick-flicks and talking about your feelings.

In all seriousness, here’s a list of things to look out for that might mean you’ve got low testosterone:

Possible Signs of Low Testosterone

  • Low sex drive, but not necessarily the inability to get it up ie you can get it up but you just don’t feel like doing anything with it
  • Problems gaining muscle mass, despite proper training and nutrition
  • Gaining body fat disproportionately in the chest (man-boobs) and thighs relative to the rest of your body
  • Poor motivation to do things ie you start a lot of projects but never follow through
  • Inability to focus and concentrate; short attention span

The bottom line with testosterone is that it’s the MAN hormone and if it’s low, you just don’t feel like how a man should feel: strong, confident, motivated to get shit done and full of vitality.

Now one thing that I preach is that you should never put all of your eggs in one basket.

Related to low testosterone, it means that if you have 1 or 2 or all of the symptoms, they’re still all ‘subjective’ measures – to be sure, the next step is to get your T levels tested.

You can go to your doctor, a naturopath, or buy a testing kit online and ship them your blood or saliva sample and they’ll send you your results.

[I actually just bought a testing kit from ZRT Labs and I’ll report my results as I get them and my results from any interventions I do]

Once you’ve gotten your test results, you have both subjective and objective measures to work with, which will better guide your treatment protocol.

As I mentioned earlier, I suspected that a boxer I train had messed up testosterone:estrogen levels and I designed the training program taking that finding into consideration.

The result is that she lost the fat that she’d been unable to lose to get down to the 112 pound weight class and compete for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.

Was it the fact that I identified the T issue and addressed it accordingly?

Possibly, but we did so many things, it could’ve been any of them. In the real world, you don’t always have the luxury to isolate one variable hoping to notice a significant results.

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta go for it and if it works you’ve done your job – who cares if you didn’t isolate that one single variable.

Now, we’re focused on peak performance for the National tournament coming up in January.

Well, I’m almost at 1,000 words here, and I know that attention spans are short these days (could it be low T?) so I’m going to end it here.

But we’re not finished yet…

In the next post, I’m going to recap some of the changes we made to address low testosterone and share the science  I’ve uncovered related to boosting T – so stay tuned for Part 2!

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Joe
Joe

I would like to know what testosterone level the dude with the super hairy chest above has.

It must be astronomical.

Edward

hi eric,

I am 24 yrs old , what the right testosterone level in my age?? i like your story i can’t wait to read the part2 of your story.. thank you

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Edward

kuchiyose

i really like this article.. must read the part 2.. thanks to Eric!

Josemm
Josemm

interesting article Eric I would add that some times few products affect you too like blackpowder supplement for example first time i took it, i felt my sex drive was low and also i felt a bit depress but i continued using it for a bit but with way less amount as stated in the instructions and i started to feel normal now i just suspend it completely i didnt feel any stronger with that just a bit better recuperation due to the arginine but the product is too expensive and i dont think is worthy for me at least every person reacts different but was very interesting that i saw reviews about it and another guy was experience the same very low sex drive and he wasnt able to get it up(alot of mixed reviews about it) so maybe there is something in there which is harmful for some… Read more »

jonathan
jonathan

what are the average T levels in teenage males? im guessing they would usually be higher?

Eric

T is highest as a young adult man (late teens to early 20’s, different for all guys) and slowly declines once you hit your late 20’s early 30’s, again, dependent on the individual.

But T has abnormally declined a lot more nowadays compared to the past, at ALL ages!

korax
korax

Hi Eric: Long time follower, first time commenter. This topic interest me very much, I’ve suffered from that but I did not know it. I read the 4 hour body from Tim Ferriss and his protocol for raising T, mainly through cholesterol and fats, after that I found a free report (100% content), about what increases T according to scientific studiers, I don’t know if I can post links, but you can download it here: http://www.increase-testosterone.info It’s a good read and a lot of studies are quoted and referenced. He does not say it with these words but the main strategy is based on: Paleo-diet with high fat (animal fat, he does not name it Paleo, but if you see the food that increases T according the report it’s practically Paleo with milk) + heavy lifting without overtraining + lowering stress (these two points in order to counter high cortisol… Read more »

Eric

Korax – welcome to the blog and thanks for the Comment! Especially thanks for all the useful info – definitely good ideas to take action on.

Alex
Alex

Awesome free report.. very good info..

Marios
Marios

I am very interested to read the 2nd part!!!

Rob
Rob

Great Article! I am 45, train regularly and do not see the gains or belly fat loss. I am interested to see the interventions/results. TRT is closer to becoming an option.
Have you ever heard of GHRP-2 GHRP-6?
Xenoestrogens? I believe it. There is so much we have genetically altered out there, one would think there would be consequences.

Eric

Well xenoestrogens are by-products of petroleum refining (gas production, making plastic) so they are in much larger quantities in our environment than in the past.

And they are proven chemically to act like estrogen in the body – so there’s nothing to ‘believe’ – it’s all science.

The ‘theory’ part is from the documentary talking about how this is causing more girls than boys being born.

Mikey
Mikey

I have a hard time time believing xenoestrogens are causing the increase in the female population, since estrogen and testosterone are not what determine the sex of a child, but I’m interested in checking out that documentary to learn more about the theory.
To quote Tyler Durden, “We’re a generation of men raised by women.” Maybe thats also to blame for the “sissification” of men.

ML
ML

Xenoestrogens could for example alter the ratio between X and Y chromosome carrying sperm cells. The Disappearing Male problem is not not much low male birth rates but rather how young males system can get out of sync if it is exposed to excessive xenoestrogen during their formative years.Not that hormone mimicking chemicals can’t do crazy stuff to the other sex. Buuuuuut, I think it’s important be rational and skeptical and not to go all vegan panicky about our chemical environment. Plastics, yes, Paper/cardboard, yes. Yada yada, yes. But considering we have been selected with regards to surviving the multitude of chemicals found in the natural world our body can really handle tons of the stuff. Consider fruit. Now plants with digestion resistant seeds are the only plants interested in being eaten, and even such an innocent thing as an apple that has been cultured for thousands of years is… Read more »

Alex
Alex

Unfortunatelly xenoestrogens are everywhere these days, on our food, in water suplly, in plastics, airborne, etc..
Even just eating biological food will not get you there, there really must be a number of things you must do to keep that testosterone up..
Would really like to know your suggestions, other than just eating, sleeping and training right..
Testosterone replacement should be much more widely considered, not just by professional athletes, but also by most of us over 35 who still want to maintain a good performance in the gym, and in bed 🙂

Victor
Victor

testosterone replacement therapy?
Is that a massage that increases testosterone? If so that would be cool.

Eric

Actually, when I post my next article, these already exist, but you may or may not be comfortable paying for them… 😉

Michael H
Michael H

Thanks! It’s true! We have WAYYY too many guys worrying more about styles and only themselves instead of being a man and putting others first. They also do sissy workouts and exercises and focus to much on having the best abs ever rather than working their asses off on just a few simple, but hardcore workouts including the best compound lifts. Not enough men know how to squat, deadlift or even perform OLY lifts (I’m working on getting better). Another strong point for every true man: a vice-grip! I’m not gonna stop training my grip until I can finally crush a man’s hand by just shaking their hand. 😉 Also, to be a man, you gotta eat like a man! No junk food, no sodas, no packaged foods, and no excessive alcohol or tobacco. Instead, eat all kinds of greens, veggies, healthy fats (nuts, avocados, fish, fish oils, etc) and… Read more »

Eric

Michael – I like what you said about “being a man and putting others first.”

That is so true, being a man isn’t just about yourself. It’s being a provider and protector too.

I also agree with the eating point you made – chips, sodas, candies – they’re all little kids foods! But actually shouldn’t be, they should be in the garbage.

Michael H
Michael H

That’s what I say, but people just say, “it’s part of childhood.” Is it really?! Not my kids. America is so screwed up… I could go on for hours on why I hate living here at times.