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3 Things That Could Be Lowering Your Testosterone Levels

Testosterone levelsFor many men, having low testosterone levels is an issue. Male sex drive, muscle mass, and energy levels are significantly regulated by testosterone. Decreased libido, exhaustion, sadness, and difficulties maintaining or gaining muscle mass can all be symptoms of low testosterone levels. Diabetes and heart disease risk can both be increased by low testosterone levels. Luckily, with some healthy lifestyle choices, testosterone production can be naturally increased.

What’s Lowering Your T?

Beyond being sleepy or having trouble concentrating, low testosterone levels can result in a number of health issues. Let’s look at 3 possible causes of low testosterone levels and discuss how to raise them through dietary and lifestyle changes.

Lack of Sleep

First, getting an inadequate amount of sleep can have a negative effect on your testosterone levels. Without getting restful sleep, your cortisol levels will spike. This, ultimately, has adverse effects on your body’s ability to produce testosterone. Making sure your body gets 7-9 hours of quality sleep can lead to an increase in your testosterone levels.

Poor Diet 

If you are worried about your testosterone levels, you should look into your diet. A poor diet can be one of the main culprits for low testosterone levels. A diet high in sugar can lead to insulin spikes, which prevents your body from producing hormones like testosterone. Aim to have a well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. These foods will help your body’s ability to produce testosterone.


We all know the effects that stress can have mentally, but it can do just as much harm on the physical side of things. When we are stressed, our body produces cortisol, which inhibits the production of testosterone. It’s important to find hobbies and activities that help you relieve stress. This will lead to a happier life and healthier testosterone levels.

Get Your Testosterone Levels Checked 

By taking these factors into account, you can figure out if there is anything you can be doing to help your testosterone levels get back to normal. Dr. Anand Shridharani is a board certified urologist in Chattanooga, TN. His practice offers extensive services for men’s reproductive and sexual health. Contact us today at (423) 778- 4636 to schedule an appointment or visit us online at www.drshrid.com to get started with Dr. Shridharani.

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