Can Your Diet Cause Low T?

by Kwame Otchere
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A recent study examined the relationship between dietary choices testosterone levels and body composition in young and older men with mean age 41.

The study involved 125 Taiwanese males that completed a healthy history and food frequency questionnaires. The researchers also measured various hormones and metabolic health indicators by taking blood samples from the participants.

Men following a western diet pattern high in foods like bread and pastries, dairy products, and desserts, eating out, and a low intake of homemade foods, noodles, and dark green vegetables, were more likely to have an unhealthy body composition (lower muscle mass and increased visceral fat mass) and low testosterone levels.

Limitations of study

  • Body composition was measured using BIA but this method is less accurate than a DEXA.
  • FFQ can be inaccurate for measuring food intake, and testosterone levels vary throughout the day so a single measurement may not accurately indicate testosterone levels.
  • The sample size was also very small so future long-term research with a bigger sample size is required. A clinical study examining the direct effects of healthy food on testosterone needs to be carried out.

Implications

The findings are not surprising because obesity is strongly associated with lower T levels. Aromatase, a hormone found in fat tissues, converts testosterone into oestrogen. So men with higher body fat convert more testosterone to oestrogen and this lowers testosterone levels.

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Consuming highly processed foods can increase the risk of obesity because of the high energy density due to excess sugar and saturated fat content.

Eating whole and minimally processed foods can improve body composition because of the lower energy density. Whole and minimally processed foods are also rich into phytochemical and antioxidants which are essential for long-term health.

Reference

Hu TY, Chen Y, Lin P, Shih CK, Bai CH, Yuan KC, Lee SY, Chang JS. Testosterone-Associated Dietary Pattern Predicts Low Testosterone Levels and Hypogonadism. Nutrients. 2018 Nov 16;10(11):1786.

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About Kwame Otchere

Kwame Otchere is a Registered Nutritionist (ANutr) with a Bachelors Degree (BSc) in Sport and Exercise Sciences from The University of Birmingham as well as holding a Masters (MSc) in Nutritional Sciences from The University of Nottingham.
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  1. PETER PAUL GARBACKI

    GREAT INFO, ALREADY , TAKING CURIM, E , SAW POLMEDO AND EATING VERY HEALTY. AGE 78.

    • Ben Ong

      Hi Peter, thank you for your great feedback! Wishing you good health, The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

  2. Gary

    How much does diet play to my bph at 68 years old while taking your supplements? I know if I ate properly while younger I might not have a enlarged prostate. My diet is very good now but not as perfect as you suggest. Is their hope that mine will shrink?

    • Ben Ong

      Hi Gary, diet plays a very significant role. Our natural ingredients work synergistically with a healthy diet and keeping physically active. This should include foods such as avocados, the right kind of butter, coconut oil, macadamia nuts, and almonds, olives, along with omega three fats from small fatty fish like sardines, herring, or mackerel. It is very important that you maintain adequate levels of physical activity throughout the whole year very important. Research shows that men who exercise frequently are far less likely to develop BPH or prostate cancer.

      Physical activity also helps to maintain a healthy body weight, which is very important because excess body weight increases oestrogen and inflammation, which contribute to prostate diseases. Research also shows a correlation between increases in body weight and an increase in prostate size. Furthermore, the effectiveness of supplements is blunted in men with excess body weight, so it is highly important to maintain healthy body weight. It is recommended that we undertake 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week either in the form of brisk walking, running, cycling or swimming. Two resistance training sessions should also be conducted weekly. Resistance training will increase muscle mass and help reduce excess body weight. This will also help to boost your levels of testosterone. Sedentary time should be limited to no longer than 1 hour. If possible, every 30 minutes stand up and make some sort of movement for a minute or so.

      Hope this helps, and if you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch with our team via [email protected]. The Ben’s Natural Health Team.

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