A recent study published in the "International Journal of Impotence Research" showed that testosterone is inversely correlated to the major factors that lead to a host of complications that limit and lower quality of life, leading to less mobility and longevity, and a higher risk of death.
The researchers out of the Medical Hospital of Norway found that the Lowest Levels of Total Testosterone and Free Testosterone are found in men with pronounced abdominal obesity. They also revealed a link between Low Testosterone and High Systolic Blood Pressure, and that Total and Free Testosterone were inversely related to the risk of hypertension. Subjects with diabetes also showed diminished testosterone levels, even without a prior history.
The researchers also discovered strong associations between low testosterone and several different components of metabolic syndrome. They then concluded that testosterone plays a significant protectionist role in the development of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
One of the biggest things you can do to make sure you keep your testosterone levels at optimum levels--helping you keep lean muscle, and speed up your metabolism--is keep your waist line under control. They found that Free Testosterone (what is available for your body to use) had a direct inverse relationship with waist circumference (WC) and Body Mass Index (BMI).
Subjects with a WC over 40 inches (102 centimeters) had significantly lower testosterone levels. Even after adjustments for BMI, a measure of overall fatness. The lowest quartile of testosterone levels were all in the highest quartile of WC, BMI, and Conicity Index (index of central obesity).
It is unclear whether the obesity causes low testosterone or if low testosterone causes obesity, but we do know having high testosterone is guaranteed to keep fat off of your midsection.
To help boost your testosterone there are three steps that will increase testosterone levels individually. It is recommended that you implement at least two of the following recommendations.
Increase Testosterone and Growth Hormone with High Intensity Exercise. All strength training exercises help boost testosterone, but the ones that are most effective are compound exercises recruiting multiple muscle groups. These include but are not limited to, Overhead Presses, Squat Variations, Dead-Lifts, Pull-Ups, and other Olympic Style Lifts.
Interval training has also been shown to increase testosterone levels over 350% more than steady paced cardio (i.e., jogging, cycling, spinning, etc). You need to go at a 9/10 intensity, then recover at a 3/10 intensity.
Increase your testosterone through a scientifically proven diet. It has been clinically shown that diets high in fat (40% intake of calories), low to moderate intake of carbohydrates coming mainly from vegetables and other low GI foods (20-35% intake of calories), and moderate consumption of proteins, coming mainly from animal sources (20-30% intake of calories), is proven to increase your testosterone.
So, make sure you boost your testosterone levels to avoid a whole host of health risks, as well as mitigate any damage you may be currently experiencing.
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