Low T can be caused by a variety of factors, especially diet and nutrition. However, your intake of vitamin D is the most significant factor that can affect your testosterone level.
Recent studies have proved the link between vitamin D and testosterone production in men. Researchers found that men discovered to be “vitamin D deficient,” or a blood level of less than 20 mg/ml, also had low testosterone (Low T).
The men in the study with low levels of both vitamin D and testosterone were also generally more overweight. they also had less lean muscle mass, and a greater incidence of depression and cardiovascular disease, than those in the study with vitamin D levels in the more normal range.
In a follow up “double-blind” study, they tested giving men large doses (3332IUs) of supplemental vitamin D vs placebo. They found that men taking the actual supplement saw an increase in testosterone level by as much as 20%!
What is the Link?
Vitamin D is what we call a prohormone, or a precursor to the production of a hormone. Its presence stimulates vitamin D receptor cells in the testes to produce testosterone.
Furthermore, it is believed that vitamin D inhibits the process where in free testosterone in men converts to estrogen. This process, called aromatization, further reduces testosterone production (resulting in Low T).
Your body cannot make vitamin D. It is only created through exposure to sunlight, or found infused in certain foods such as milk, or taken in supplemental form.
Because most American men spend a limited amount of time outdoors, and probably even less as they age, this link between Low T and vitamin D is even more important as you grow older.
Have you ever wondered why they say “springtime is for lovers?” It’s true that people do tend to get more romantic, and friskier in the spring and summer time.
This research suggests that part of the reason could very well be the fact that people spend more time out of doors, and therefore produce more vitamin D. Vitamin D influences estrogen production in women, just as it does testosterone in men.
So this could account for increased libido in both men and women in the warmer months.
This can also in part explain the “winter blues,” or the very real medical condition of Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD). Less sunlight in general, and less time outdoors in the winter, leads to lower vitamin D and low T in men and estrogen in women, both of which affect mood.
Optimization for Low T
Whatever may be the cause of your low testosterone, if you are a man over 35 and are not feeling as vital or energetic as you used to, if you are putting on weight, or experiencing sexual issues, you may have Low T.
If it is related to a nutritional factor such as a vitamin D deficiency, dietary changes and/or nutritional supplementation may be all you need to get back in the game.
The only way to determine if you have Low T is to have a proper blood test taken by your physician. Some providers of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for men, try to establish your testosterone levels by using a cheek swab. This is not nearly as accurate as a blood screening.
That is just one way that I approach HRT for men differently than other practitioners. I also take your overall health and lifestyle into consideration.
I have years of experience in testosterone optimization. I know that what is considered “normal” testosterone levels for one man, can be quite different for another.
That is why on our testosterone program, you will be treated as an individual, and a precise dosage regimen will be custom blended just for you.
You will also work with our team of wellness advisors to develop an overall Great Gains Program to fit your needs, goals and lifestyle. It is all part of a physician-guided age management plan that could include:
- Fitness and Nutritional Counseling
- Lifestyle Coaching
- Supplementation with Nutraceuticals as indicated
- Vitamin Infusion
- Sexual Wellness Treatments
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