The Strange Way that Testosterone Can Affect Your Social Life
We think of testosterone as important part of being a powerful man, and it definitely has its physical benefits. But some new research is showing that lower levels of testosterone are actually linked to having better social lives and relationships in general.
Research has found that the men who have the happiest relationships to their significant others and children have lower levels of testosterone than the men who don’t report happy relationships. The reasoning behind this might be that men with lower levels of testosterone are going to be more nurturing and less reactive with bad tempers.
They also went on to test this findings for research outside of the family relationships, and see if it applied to social life as well. It does. The study was done at the University of Notre Dame and the study author Lee T. Gettler (who is the assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Notre Dame’s Hormones, Health, and Human Behavior Laboratory) shared the findings.
“When older men have emotionally supportive relationships with their siblings, friends, neighbors, and coworkers, they also have lower testosterone,” he began.
“We know that men and women with social support have much better health, overall, while testosterone affects risks for depression, cardiovascular disease, obesity and some cancers.”
So basically what they are saying is that although losing testosterone as you age might not sound like a great thing, it can actually help make you happier and healthier in the long run. Interesting.
This does not mean that you should be looking for ways to slow down your testosterone production however, as it’s not like the body generally produces excess if it doesn’t need it. To keep your testosterone (and other hormone) levels in check, one of the best things that you can do is to exercise regularly.
It is quite common for men to experience low levels of testosterone at some point in their life though, and there are ways to treat this that won’t mess with your fertility levels. There is a drug called called Enclomiphene citrate that has shown some promising results with restoring the body to healthy levels of testosterone without affecting the sperm count. The other option is hormone replacement therapy, but that can confuse your body into thinking that it that it doesn’t need to make any more testosterone on its own, which can stop the production of sperm as well. If you think that you might be experiencing low testosterone, feel free to ask your doctor. Three million cases are reported a year, so you wouldn’t be alone.
Other ways to keep your hormones balanced include avoiding adrenal fatigue from mental and physical stress, and eating a healthy diet. Foods high in sugar or anything that spikes the blood sugar too much can lead to an increase or cortisol being released in the body, which only adds to the stress and hormone disruption. Eat clean and unprocessed whenever possible, and keep you food choices varied to get the most nutrients possible.
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About Kate Ferguson Kate Fergus is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blogs and online magazines. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce.