From the Desk of Dr. Len
The Facts on Low Testosterone
Dr. Len Lopez – Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Low Testosterone (TT) is a Production and/or Conversion Problem!
A Production Problem is usually a result of too much Stress and or the Wrong Diet.
Stress depletes your body, so you have to replenish your body with those nutrients that have been depleted from all the stress in your life. More importantly, if you are always under stress, in that Fight or Flight Mode (Sympathetic system), your body is having to produce more of your stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. You simply don’t make more of one hormone, without disrupting or reducing the production of another hormones.
To make more cortisol, your endocrine system (hormonal system) will steal pregnenolone andprogesterone, which reduces your ability to make testosterone, estrogen (EST), and growth hormone (GH). Keep in mind, cortisol isn’t a good or bad hormone. It’s a necessary hormone that is doing its job to support your body.
A conversion problem is more of a dietary, nutritional problem.
You’re making TT, but you are converting more of your TT into EST.
In simple terms, about 10% of a men’s TT is converted into EST. Yes it’s true guys – we have estrogen racing through our body! But we should keep 90% of our TT and only convert 10% of it into estrogen.
Women on the other hand have almost the opposite ratio, in that about 90% of their TT is converted into EST, which takes them at a ratio of 10 to 90 percent of TT to EST.
If you have a conversion problem you could be lowering your testosterone ratio from a 90 – 10 ratio to an 85 – 15 ratio of TT to EST in men. Whereas women will go from 10 to 90 ratio, into a 5 to 95 ratio of TT to EST. Can you say Estrogen Dominance. I know only about half of you reading this will understand that statement. But this is all connected to hormonal imbalances for both men and women, and how stress and the wrong diet can affect your overall health.
One last thing about a conversion problem and your diet. If you eat too many carbohydrates, especially refined carbs…late in the evening – you produce more of an enzyme called aromatase, which convert testosterone into estrogen. This is not a good enzyme to have racing through your body.
Fyi…a lack of zinc allows your body to produce more aromatase. The Zinc Taste Test is a great way to access your zinc levels. I like zinc lozenges, as well as, saw palmetto, pumpkin seed, nettles and pygeum…which by the way helps with hair loss, hormone levels, prostate, immune function and adding lean muscle….to add lean muscle you can’t be losing your testosterone!
I like to think of testosterone like money – it’s not how much you make, it’s how much you keep!
So all you stressed-out individuals, carb lovers, and late night snackers who wonder why you have lost your libido and drive, along with having trouble adding lean muscle or burning those love handles off, not to mention those man boobs (what do you think that extra estrogen is doing to you). Take a look at your life style and diet to get a better grip on how to increase your testosterone levels…naturally!
Let me also mention, if you get your TT levels checked, it is absolutely without question important that they measure your FREE testosterone – NOT simply your Total Testosterone, which is not very helpful or accurate. And if you are taking TT make sure you also have your estrogen levels checked, because if there is a conversion problem, supporting your body with additional TT, whether natural or bio-identical will still cause you to produce more estrogen.
I hope that is helpful for all you guys and gals. If you are curious about your stress levels, use our online health questionnaire to see if stress is part of your problem and try the Zinc Taste Test .