3 Steps to More Testosterone
Dude, your gut is secretly turning you into a girl. Time to quit loafing on the couch and switch on your testosterone pump
BALL CHECK: EVEN IF YOU’RE 22 YEARS OLD AND IN THE PRIME OF YOUR testosterone-making years, your testicles may not be pumping out enough male hormone for peak muscle growth, threesomes with NFL cheerleaders, and all-around manliness.
To find out, take this dripping-wet T test: The next time you step out of the shower and reach for your bath towel, stop and stand up straight. Now look down: If you can see your testicles, congratulations, Mr. T. But if a big belly is blocking the view of your jewels, it’s likely that your testosterone levels aren’t anywhere near what they could be.
Belly fat, my friend, is a testosterone buster. And it’s secretly turning you into a chick.
Excess body fat makes a man look more curvaceous than cut and, if he’s really unlucky, gives him a lovely pair of man-breasts to admire in the mirror. But that’s not all. Body fat contains aromatase, an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogens, the main sex hormones in women. Having extra estrogens floating around your system triggers your body to slow its production of testosterone. And the less testosterone you make, the more belly fat you accumulate and the more estrogens you spew. It’s a vicious, emasculating circle—and not a sorority you want to party with. (Here’s another test to see if your T is low.)
In fact, though a beer belly might seem to some like a dramatic (if unattractive) declaration of manliness, a study of 1,822 men by the New England Research Institutes (NERI) confirmed that a man’s waist circumference is the single strongest predictor of low testosterone levels.
In fact, though a beer belly might seem to some like a dramatic (if unattractive) declaration of manliness, a study of 1,822 men by the New England Research Institutes (NERI) confirmed that a man’s waist
circumference is the single strongest predictor of low testosterone levels. It’s even more accurate than age or overall health. Researchers have also targeted midriff weight as the strongest predictor of a condition called symptomatic androgen deficiency, or AD. It’s marked by low libido, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, depressed mood, lethargy, and diminished physical performance. According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, the prevalence of AD among American men between the ages of 40 and 79 is nearly 8 percent.
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