As men age, their testosterone levels naturally decrease. But in some, testosterone drops too low, negatively affecting their libido. But just because you are getting older doesn’t mean you have to bid farewell to an active sex life.
New research, in fact, offers a solution to low testosterone and libido problems.
A new study suggests that men suffering from low testosterone may be able to boost their sex drive, sexual activity, and erectile dysfunction with testosterone replacement therapy. In the study, older men who were treated with testosterone replacement therapy gel experienced significant boost in their sex lives, compared to those given a placebo gel. Lead researcher Dr. Glenn Cunningham said, “We found that testosterone improved all three, which is pretty remarkable, particularly when you’re dealing with an older age population.”
Although testosterone replacement gel won’t turn older males into sexual dynamites, they can experience improvements in their sex lives, suggested Dr. Brad Anawalt who reviewed the study.
“Men treated with testosterone reported an increase in orgasm of about one every week versus one every 10 days. That works out to one more orgasm per month compared to placebo. Significant? Up to the man.” – added Dr. Anawalt.
Since 2000, the number of men undertaking testosterone treatments quadrupled.
Unfortunately, testosterone therapies, particularly in gel form, can be costly. Because testosterone drop is a natural part of aging, it’s also important that men find natural ways to boost their testosterone.
Here are 6 simple and natural ways to increase your testosterone levels:
It’s not only about eating the right foods to increase testosterone levels, it’s also the way we cook that can have impact on the levels of testosterone in our body. Studies published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology found that steamed foods retain the most nutrients. The less cooking time the better, so try not to overdo it on the stove.
So, instead of walking away from it, how about running away? Cardio-based exercise is an excellent way to help reduce the overall stress level in your life. We need to be intentional about adding exercise to our routines. You need to schedule it in and stick with a plan. For those who do work out already, the trick is not to overdo it. Pushing too hard can lead to fatigue which can in turn negatively impact your testosterone levels.
When you’re ready to really power up, try sprinting. Some research has shown testosterone levels increased for people who performed a series of short but intense sprints (just six seconds). Levels remained higher even after participants had fully recovered from the sprint workout. Another method is lifting weights. Studies have shown that fewer repetitions with heavy weights help boost testosterone. Best bets are full body, heavy exercises like squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and Olympic lifts. Two to three full body, weight-lifting workouts per week are recommended to deliver results.