[Philip, The BJJ Caveman here, this is a guest post from Mo Saleem, founder of TripleYourT.com, a site dedicated to natural ways of improving low testosterone. He created a wonderful infographic on low testosterone and asked if I would be willing to share it here. I took a look at it and thought he did a fantastic job so I said of course.
Since testosterone is something I’ve been interested in myself and have tinkered with in the past I know that having some thing like this around would’ve been helpful at the time. Here are some of my previous posts on testosterone:
- Testosterone Update September 2016
- Cyclic Ketogenic Diet and Testosterone Levels
- Nutritional Ketosis and Testosterone
I hope you find the infographic as helpful as I did!]
In the past few decades, average testosterone levels in American men have declined by over 25%.
This is not something that I’ve made up. In fact, this number is straight out of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers based their findings on data from the Massachusetts Male Aging Study (MMAS).
The MMAS involved the collection of blood samples from approximately 1,500 randomly selected men residing in the greater Boston area over a period of 17 years. After accounting for factors such as age, BMI, smoking, and medications, the researchers found that, with each passing year, the subject’s bio-available testosterone levels decreased by an average of 1.3 percent.
Given that this trend has maintained its pace and not sped up (which is highly unlikely), the average 45-year-old in 2017 has about 26% lower testosterone levels than the average 45-year-old had in 1997 (1.3% x 20 years = 26%).
The implications of this decline are not hard to see:
- Men are weaker than they’ve ever been before. According to a study published in the Journal of Hand Therapy, grip strength in millennial men has significantly declined since 1985. Grip strength is a strong predictor of overall muscular strength, and according to the data, the average college male has no more hand strength than a 30-year-old mom.
- Men are fatter than they’ve ever been before. According to the National Institute of Health, 3 in 4 men over the age of 20 are considered to be overweight or obese (1).
- Men are less sexual than they’ve ever been before. According to data from the MMAS, 52% of men experience erectile dysfunction (2).
Most men are still unaware that testosterone can be raised naturally by making simple changes in diet and lifestyle.
I created the following infographic to raise awareness about the big picture of low testosterone. What it largely comes down to is your decisions regarding how you eat, train, and sleep. By optimizing these three areas, you’ll be well on your way to achieving and maintaining higher testosterone levels for years to come.