What Causes The Testosterone Production Mechanism to Become Disrupted?
Most guys go around eating chicken, veggies covered with pesticides, drinking bottled water from plastic, taking their meds and wearing cologne. Sounds like a regular day for most guys right ? Too bad that this common scenario is lowering our testosterone every day. The chemicals in all these and so many other products we all use daily imitate estrogen. We lose enough testosterone every year and these daily habits are stealing even more.
Most people do not realize that a large portion of common pollutants, detergents, and chemicals we are all exposed to, imitate estrogen. Repeated and prolonged exposure to these environmental estrogen compounds can affect and disrupt the cycle by increasing the amount of estrogen in the body. While these amounts may be very small, some men will be affected because their testosterone production cycle produces at the low end of normal. Moreover, as men age, this cycle produces less total testosterone, making some others susceptible to the effects of environmental estrogen compounds. Indeed, reductions in testosterone could also lead to erectile dysfunction as well.
Testosterone and Aging
Age produces some other unwanted effects as well. The naturally occurring enzyme, that converts some of the free testosterone into DHT, becomes more prevalent with age. This means that larger amounts of (the much needed and desired) free testosterone is lost to conversion. This has a double whammy on the body because DHT binds to the prostate and to hair follicles. When bound to hair follicles, it leads to baldness, and when it binds to the prostate, it leads to prostate problems. Additionally, as we get older, we tend to eat the wrong foods, and take less regimented exercise. This of course leads to gaining excess amounts of fat, and increased fat stores translates into increased conversion of free testosterone into estrogen. You may be thinking that if you got your doctor to prescribe testosterone, all will be well. That is not necessarily the case. Large influxes of added testosterone completely disrupts the testosterone production cycle. Moreover, without preventing the conversions of estrogen and DHT, added testosterone could make those problems worse, and could cause other medical issues to develop.