First of all whether you are a diabetic male or non-diabetic male, your natural testosterone decreases with age. Starting at the age of 40, men will experience a decrease of around 1 to 2% in their testosterone levels per year. Low testosterone is normally defined as less than 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood. Symptoms include low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, mood swings, fatigue and sleep problems. Approximately 1/2 to 2/3 of all men diagnosed with LOW testosterone, have reported one or more of these symptoms.
Again if you are a Type 2 Diabetic male over 40, I think it is wise to have your testosterone levels checked periodically, as there is supporting evidence that LOW testosterone levels can result in serious complications including death in some individuals per studies noted in my last blog.
I had mine tested a couple of years ago and was simply told it was NORMAL. I am going to ask to have the simple blood test run again with my next A1C and blood lipid profile screening. In the interim, here are some natural approaches with NO side effects.
- Do compound weight lifting exercises that involve several muscle groups (concentrate on SQUATS, bench pressing, rowing exercises) These have also been noted to help build new "insulin receptors" in your cells.
- DO three sets in your weight lifting and weight resistance routines involving major muscle groups, strive on the last set to go to exhaustion where you cannot do one more rep) - (Check with your doctor BEFORE starting a routine)
- EAT nuts, (especially peanuts which contain monounsaturated fats) this type of fat has a direct effect on the testes
- TAKE extra virgin olive oil for the same reason as the peanuts - two tablespoons daily
- LAY off the alcohol, it affects your endocrine system - alcohol increases the desire and diminishes the performance
- DON'T skip meals
- GET 7 or 8 full hours of sleep per night
- TOO MUCH protein can eventually lower your testosterone levels - don't go over approx 16% of your total calories
- EAT cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli to help get rid of excess estrogen
- Vitamin A plays a role in testosterone production (along with being good for your eyesight) / sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs and squash and cantaloupe are good sources of vitamin A
ONE additional TIP on raising testosterone levels naturally - most of us especially in the N/E USA do NOT get enough Vitamin D3. In addition to playing a role in bone health, prevention of colon cancer and a host of other ailments, it has a role in boosting testosterone levels naturally.
LINK to vitamin D3 and testosterone levels
Vitamin D is actually a hormone – one that regulates three percent of our genes. Among those genes are a few that are responsible for the production of testosterone in the Leydig cells. So vitamin D is an important vitamin, certainly once you realize that an overwhelming majority of the western population has too little vitamin D in their blood.
This is because our food contains too little vitamin D, so we have to rely mainly on the vitamin D that our body makes. When exposed to sunlight our skin cells convert cholesterol into vitamin D. But we get too little sunlight and are therefore unable to make enough vitamin D.
So does that mean that most men in the West therefore make too little testosterone?
This is the question that the Austrians set out to answer. So they examined the blood of 2300 men whose average age was just over sixty. Only eleven percent of them had sufficient vitamin D in their blood. And indeed: the more vitamin D the men had in their blood, the higher their testosterone levels and their concentration of free testosterone [FAI].
“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him … But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:11,17