Although at the time it was confusing, with the growth of hair in certain areas of my body and confirmation from other male peers, it seemed as though I was being flooded with hormones. More simply I was becoming a man. You know, just part of life.
By the time of my late teens early 20′s, I really wasn’t earnestly thinking about why every time a female walked by I felt like the werewolf of London, all I knew was it felt really wild and now I was permanently on the hunt!
My body also changed externally. I had grown in height, weight and had even gained, dare I say, MUSCLE!
Many years passed and at the age of 40 I was still feeling manly, in fact, in the gym I was benching over 400, squatting 600 and dead lifting 550. In the bedroom I was phenomenal! I can remember it the way I want, right? The point here is that I was at the top or near the top of my game.
Now, at 53, as a Trainer and therapist taking care of my body for many years, I still am above average physically, but, I can feel the difference in my body’s ability to gain strength and size, as well as the amount of time it takes to recuperate between workouts. Although, my fat percentage is lower, around 13, converting fat to muscle is a slower process.
Enter testosterone! The culprit, the magic bullet of all things man! This was the warlock’s brew that began to bolster me almost 40 years ago. This is the stuff that makes all men lovers and fighters. This is the stuff that believe it or not,when it begins to decline at around 50, is the culprit behind what some have labeled as”middle aged crazy!”.
In my opinion, middle aged crazy is really what I believe to be the male version of menopause. You can throw the sticks and stones of objection at me later, but for now, consider that clinical statistics more than suggest the major decline of this much needed hormone at around 50. Oddly enough, that’s about the age of most, well, you get it right?.
Testosterone is more than just libido. It also influences hair, fat loss, muscle and bone growth, recovery and emotional balance. So, if all of this is true, what can we do if anything to alter this decline into MALEOCRATY?
Foods can play a role in “T” production, so what should we eat? There are many studies which suggest food/ nutrient lists for increased testosterone production. here is one based on a Harvard study:
Cholesterol, Vitamin D, Mono-saturated Fats, Saturated Fats, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, different herbs Amino acids, Creatine, Exercise and the proper amount of sleep call all significantly increase production of serum testosterone levels.
So what if you are doing all of these things and you are still not sitting taller in the saddle? Well, it may be time to consider hormone therapy from your doctor or a medical hormone replacement salon. There used to be a stigma attached to testosterone injections, mostly stemming from the abuse of this hormone by professional and amateur bodybuilders. The truth is that medically supervised hormone replacement therapy is safe and beneficial to your quality of life and wellness.
Let’s say you are 6o years old and you are trying your hardest to do everything right. You eat clean, workout, get adequate sleep, but still, you can’t hold your lean mass, can’t get rid of fat and have little or no zing in your bing. You go to your doctor and have your blood checked for “T” and he says your “T” is in the normal range. What he means is that it is normal for a 60 year old. SHEET MON, YOU ARE SHOOTIN WIT NO TING!
I am not ashamed to say that I have absolutely suggested more than once that my older male client see their physician and get real with them concerning test replacement It changed their lack luster existence into productive vibrant life! I can also tell you with no uncertainty, that I will be doing it myself when it is time.
There you have it. Numerous studies have been done on this precious hormone. It’s importance has been recognized as an age slowing agent. Information is readily available on the increase and maintenance of Testosterone. As men, women can also lack “T”, I believe we should maintain our manliness mostly for ourselves, but also for our mates. Unless you enjoy cheating yourself, avoid maleocraty at all cost!
I am not a physician and I am not offering you medical advice in any form. I have conveyed this information to you for your intellectual consideration. Comments and questions are welcome.
Steve Lynch,LMT, AAS/Holistic Health,CTE,/Trainer