hello I wonder if anyone can give me feedback, confirmation. I have been thinking lately of the subject of testosterone in men. I have returned to this and I have heard that testosterone levels have been dropping in men for the past fifty years. Or was that sperm count. I have heard they are both dropping and people say the causes are various. I am starting to study this but first let me say why it's supposedly important.
T-levels have been associated with winning, achieving, with getting the girl, attraction, sex drive, and also with how much money a trader makes on a given day on wall street- I think they implied test was the cause not the result of this but I don't know the study. In fact there's a lot of mythology on testosterone and false assertions. The truth is lower testosterone levels are what produce aggressive outburst in men. maybe this is preceded by a spike in testosterone but normal high levels result in happy men who don't hit women although they're competitive and maybe rough house with children. Lower T-levels produce depression in men and irritability
So now the solution:
What I understand is diet and lifestyle factors all play a role in loss and gain of T levels. T levels fluctuate during the day, by the way.
Ok a good diet enables testosterone to be created in proper amounts, as I understand it. Vitamin D is also across the board very helpful for keeping T high. Vitamins and minerals I'm sure play a role. They say sleep is very important. I'm sure if they studied it they'd also say water and fresh air. Also, I've heard when insulin rises, T-levels go down
But I want to focus mainly on the psychological factors. I think those are the biggest. When two teams are gearing up to compete, both of their T levels are rising. When one team wins, that teams t-levels keep going up, but the other team's starts to drop. So both competing and winning play a role. i wonder what the difference would be between competers who lose and those who never competed. Tis probably better to at least try and fail than not to try at all. This study proves that psychological factors play a role
Stress is apparently a T-killer. Cortisol is not good for testosterone levels.
I think setting goals and realizing goals are helpful and good for Test levels to rise. I think basically that anything that makes you FEEL masculine has raised your t levels. I think testosterone may be accurately considered liquid testosterone. I think unshaming masculine virtues helps with T levels. I'm not talking about John Wayne, I'm talking about Abraham Lincoln.
I find moving around, doing some weigh lifting or push ups- even just a little bit to use my muscle strength- that helps my t levels or how masculine I feel. I suddenly feel powerful around women, like I can be caveman assertive. I am all about assertion, not about aggression. Do you note the difference? Strong yet sensitive not weak and aggressive. Usually after heavy lifting I get horny or feel sexually potent
I think having a purpose is another test level booster. I think men have to consider this issue seriously, because men are losing out and are becoming de-masculinized I think in our culture. Also women should be interested, because they are men's lovers, sisters, mothers, daughters, etc.
I think success in a man's work can raise his test levels and failure will lower it. Watch out ladies, when your husband has stress and problems at work. That's when he needs your love and support, trust and respect and appreciation the most. Work is massively important for a man, for deep core emotional needs. As such it is bound to affect his hormonal chemistry in a deep and profound way.
The relationship a man has with his wife or girlfriend is certainly also critical and powerful. If she gives him her femininity and also caring, love, trust, respect, admiration, dignification, if she honors him and glorifies him in all the ways then I feel his testosterone future will be in good hands. I know this is totally unpolitically correct to say but if a woman submits to a man once in a while, from a biochemical point of view, I imagine his testosterone levels jump through the roof. And that is why a woman can make or break a man.
I think test levels are important for health but I have to do much more study. I think they are related to lower cancers and prostate cancers, right? There is so much I don't know. For me this issue is primarily psychological, and it's a subject (manhood and masculinity and gender in general, masculine and feminine, relationships and health) that I have long cared very deeply about.
Questions for further thought:
How do our environments shape our biochemistry?
How do our presuppositions, or our worldview influence our biochem?
How do our relationships influence our biochemistry?
How does our diet, our lifestyle, the amount of sleep, water, sunlight, etc influence our levels of testosterone?
Is this really a serious issue, or not? Is sperm really decreasing and is this because of test levels? What could be other factors?
How has our environment changed in the 20th and early 21st centuries, particularly the last 60 years? How might this have affected us?