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The Effect of Stress on Testosterone

stressStress can lead to many of the symptoms of low testosterone. Stress is one of the earliest and most important hormones when we were the hunted and our fight or flight instincts kept us alive, not happy or healthy. Today is a di­fferent time and we rarely need these instincts the same way we did when we were not at the top of the food chain but our body still reacts to stress in the same way we have been programmed. Creating cortisol is just is a much higher priority for the body than creating testosterone when it is stressed.

Stress causes our adrenal glands to secrete cortisol which prepares our bodies and minds to handle the stressful situation. In small amounts, cortisol is fine and can be very useful. Elevated cortisol levels for prolonged periods damage our bodies and minds.

Several studies have shown a link and correlation where increased cortisol levels often leads to low testosterone. That does not mean that supplemental testosterone or naturally increased testosterone will lower your cortisol levels but evidence does show that.

Here are some practices to help manage your stress and cortisol levels

  • Exercise regularly
  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid excessive caff­eine and alcohol
  • Meditate for 20 minutes each day
  • Take a break when you feel stressed.
  • Remove yourself from that situation and feeling. Get up for a walk, stretch your legs and breath in deeply
  • Practice deep breathing exercises
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Focus on being more resilient in the face of stress. Don’t let stress manage you. Decide how you want to allow things to aff­ect you.

There is also a downward cyclical eff­ect when someone is overweight, fatigued and suff­ering from low libido and erectile dysfunction. This downward cycle can lead to stress and increased cortisol. Naturally increasing your testosterone, or getting help from a specialized physician through a Testosterone  Replacement Therapy program can help you lose weight, gain energy, increase libido and decrease erectile dysfunction. Al of this should lead to decreased stress and reduced cortisol levels.

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