Men today have testosterone levels only one-third of those of our grandfathers living in their prime:
Part of the problem is the industrial revolution that began the advent of plastics, environmental toxins, estrogens, phthalates, and hormone-laden meats. The incessant onslaught of endocrine disruptors have been affecting our testosterone levels. Collectively, men have been becoming more effeminate by the year.
One example of an endocrine disruptor is Bisphenol A (BPA), commonly found in plastics. Bisphenol A enters our bodies when we eat our food stored in plastic containers or in BPA-lined cans. Microwaving food in plastic containers also releases more BPA into our food. When BPA enters our bodies, it is recognized as a type of estrogen and thus drives our testosterone levels down.
Our grandfathers lived in a different time. They ate foods that are considerably more natural than they are today, and they did not eat out of plastic containers with BPA. We are seeing more and more men today with low testosterone and symptoms such as sexual dysfunction, fatigue, depression or irritability, among many others.
More Young Men Affected By Low Testosterone Than Ever
We are also seeing men in their thirties getting diagnosed with low testosterone, even men as young as 20-25! The medical term for low testosterone is hypogonadism, and it is reaching epidemic levels in the Western world today. What’s more, it is increasingly common for 20-40 year old men to have the testosterone levels equivalent to those of 60 year old men.
The above graph shows that testosterone declined by over 100 points on average in only 15 years! Going back to the pre-industrial revolution era, testosterone levels would be considerably higher than even 25 years ago. The decline in the collective male testosterone levels has been accelerating in recent years. Increases in obesity, petrochemical pollutants, food additives, and free radicals are factors contributing to this decline.
Such chemicals spur silent inflammation that accelerates the aging process and lowering of testosterone. There has also been a rise in prescriptions of certain medications such as statins, opioids, hair loss drugs, and SSRIs that negatively affect testosterone levels.
With all the developments in this world during the past 100 years, we are in the midst of a worldwide medical experiment with our male testosterone levels. So far, the results are not looking pretty.