The loss of testosterone
It’s no secret that as a man ages, that his testosterone levels begin to decline, but what you may not know is that studies now show that men’s testosterone levels have been declining for decades.
Across the population, men today have less testosterone compared to men of the same age a generation ago. These studies have revealed a substantial drop in men’s testosterone levels since the 1980s, with average levels declining by about 1% to 2% per year. It’s no surprise to me that these trends coincide with a decline in musculoskeletal strength among young men. So literally, men today are not the men their fathers were.
There are many things that can contribute to the decline in testosterone levels in men. At the forefront of decline is almost certainly the higher rates of obesity, which suppresses testosterone. Also playing a role are long-term shifts in the ways we work and live. Men, especially young men, are far less likely to hold jobs in manual labor, so they don’t have to be as physically strong as previous generations. Another contributing factor is that young men today are more likely to live with their parents, which may promote prosocial hormones like oxytocin that are natural antagonists to testosterone.
Affects of low T
Unfortunately, the challenges to men’s health don’t end there. New tests are now showing reproductive disorders (like testicular cancer) are on the rise, and multiple European studies have found that sperm counts are on the decline among younger men.
Given the current anti-male sentiment in this country and the confusion for some men over what masculinity means today, I can’t help but wonder, “Has testosterone declined in response to a changing world? Or “Has the world changed to accommodate less virile men?”
Many men today are soft physically do to having a slack life. That, coupled with the fact that men have given up traditionally male roles, have caused men as a whole to become more feminized, less masculine, and less physically strong. Although we can’t be completely sure what is causing the drop of testosterone in men, Studies show that the combination of the aforementioned factors is definitely linked to its decline.
It’s worth noting that there a few “fringe studies” that would suggest that in our new “woke” society, the forcing of men to abandon traditionally masculine virtues. Such as stoicism, competition, aggression, and what some may deem as otherwise “risky” behaviors. May also be contributing to testosterone decline.
Having said all that, it can come as no surprise that studies also reveal that a healthy lifestyle, a good diet, being active, and getting exercise can help prevent testosterone decline.
In my very humble opinion, a lack of physical strength is the linchpin in all of this.
Find the Primal Man
As men, we know that strength is and has always been the heart that pumps the lifeblood of masculinity at its very core. A man was made to be strong and physically exert himself. Your father and your father’s father knew this. It’s ingrained in our very DNA.
Today’s society promotes many testosterone killing behaviors such as sloth, laziness, masturbation, overindulgence in snacks, sweets, and just food in general, to name a few. In essence, what they are doing is asking men to overwrite their very biological inclinations in order to conform and not be “toxically masculine. “
I say let us get back to traditionally manly things. Join a gym, take up boxing or some other combat sport. Join a recreational sports team, go hunting, fishing, and camping. Exercise your primal urges once in a while, even if it’s cutting and splitting your own firewood for your outdoor fire pit.
Written by: J. M. Shoemaker
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