Study: More Testosterone, Less Muscle Loss.

Need a testosterone boost? This picture should do the trick.

Need even more encouragement to be a dirty old man? Probably not. But in case you do, a new study has found that men with higher testosterone levels experienced less muscle loss due to aging.

As we grow into our senior years, we tend to lose muscle. This muscle loss is greater in men than in women, and it’s often associated with falls, fractures and mobility limitations. Because of this, it’s important to retain as much muscle as possible during the aging process. Obviously, exercise plays a crucial role in this – but, according to the study, testosterone levels also play a factor.

For the study, researchers used data from 1,183 men ages 65 and older over the course of 4.5 years. Erin LeBlanc, MD, of Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland, OR and lead author of the study, concluded:

The amount of testosterone men have in their bodies may contribute to how much muscle and strength they lose as they get older. Our study adds evidence to the growing body of literature that suggest higher levels of endogenous testosterone may be favorably associated with some key components of healthy aging in men.

Of course, the research isn’t entirely unsurprising. It’s a hypothesis most of us would assume given the well-documented connection between testosterone and muscle growth.

Want more testosterone in your life? The following testosterone-boosting tips will allegedly do the trick for people of all ages, though I can’t vouch for the scientific validity:

  1. Strength train. Yup, lift things up and put them down.
  2. Get adequate sleep and rest between workouts.
  3. Eat nuts. The monounsaturated fat in nuts is believed to increase testosterone.
  4. Have sex. Even getting an increase can increase testosterone.
  5. Avoid stress.

The bottom line: Now you have yet another reason to cultivate your inner dirty old man.

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Comments

  1. thanks! even though im female Im always trying to find ways to increase my testosterone levels so I can keep gaining more muscle mass! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. As a proud dirty old man, yes.

  3. i’m ok with tips 1, 2 and 3.. BUT 5 is almost impossible… and number 4, I’ve used to live without it ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. christopher says:

    well-im happy to announce that yes-im working on the strength training-now that i have to lose less than 23lbs to reach my goal of 170lbs.adequate sleep-i better do this-and tonight-i have to go to the club-in the morning-as in tomorrow.eat nuts-yup-dry roasted no salt peanuts-who likes them?i do.probably not many do-considering they lack any salt whatsoever.—-have sex-yeah-did that too.im gay-but my friend Martha-had a need-and i obliged-where are you guys?seriously i would have sex with many guys hott guys at the club-and no-i dont eyefuck them-but should-avoid stress-yeah-thats what im doing-hope to get off anti-depressants-im proof positive-that i can do it.if my friend can do it-and he is a fireman-and i luv him for ditching the meds-i can too.look it up-working out regularly reduces the need for anti-depressants-over 30 websites support this.you be the judge blogbuddies.

  5. Good tips. I would also add “lower your body fat percentage” to that list for boosting testosterone levels. Your body fat levels are inversely correlated with testosterone levels.

    As your body fat rises, your testosterone levels decrease. Fat cells produce estrogen. The more fat you have, the more estrogen is produced, and the more testosterone is suppressed.

  6. Another tip to avoid testosterone decrease in the body is to watch your protein intake.

    Including high amounts of protein in your diet can increase the amount of the hormone excreted in urine.

    This happens to people who go on a high protein diet. So, to avoid that try to have balanced amounts of protein and carbs in your diet.

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