Humans produce a hormone, called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG),
which tends to increase with aging. This hormone is designed to
bind the hormone testosterone in men and estrogen in women,
rendering these hormones unavailable for use. More SHBG means
that less free testosterone is available to the tissues. Besides
aging, being overweight will increase the levels of SHBG. This
is one reason why overweight men tend to have lower testosterone
and can be more prone to developing Andropause.
To make matters worse and cause a further reduction in
testosterone levels, another hormone called HGH (human growth
hormone) declines as we age and as HGH declines SHBG levels
increase. HGH production is stimulated by protein in the diet
and inhibited by carbohydrates.
So what is the best type of nutritional advice to promote better
levels of SHBG and HGH and the resulting testosterone? That diet
is the lower carbohydrate diet. A lower carbohydrate diet means
less bread, rice, pasta, potato, corn and fruit, more
vegetables, moderate protein and moderate fat - with every meal.
A lower carbohydrate diet will promote weight loss, decrease the
tendency towards diabetes and high blood pressure, and help keep
testosterone levels up.
Sex For Life by David Saul, M.D. Copyright © 1999. No part
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permission in writing from the author.
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