Wondering what it is? The lie most men believe about testosterone that is peddled by doctors, trainers, nutritionists and the mainstream media? I’ll give you a hint: this is what Big Pharma wants you to believe in order for you to become a lifetime customer. This lie was first exposed seven years ago…
Decline in testosterone: not inevitable with age?
In 2011, a team of Australian researchers set out to identify the relationship between aging and testosterone levels. They recruited 325 men between the ages of 40 and 97 who claimed to be in excellent health and had no symptoms to complain about. Nine blood samples were taken from each of these men over a period of three months. When they looked at the entire data sample, the researchers found that age had no influence on testosterone levels.
Here’s what the study’s lead researcher, Dr. David Handelsman, had to say:
By itself, age does not cause a drop in testosterone in healthy men. It is more likely that low testosterone is a consequence of diseases that men contract as they age, such as cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Although older age is correlated with lower testosterone levels, Handelsman and his team argued that older age is not the cause of lower testosterone.
As a skeptic of this research, you might say that the sample of 325 men represents only a small segment of the population and the results don’t apply to you. You might click on the link to the study and realize that the results weren’t even published in a peer-reviewed journal and were simply presented at a medical conference. In both cases, you are correct. But keep reading…
Age has no effect on testosterone levels: fact or fiction?
Browsing through the archives, I came across a 2014 study in which a group of researchers set out to derive and publish – for the first time in history – an age-related model for total testosterone levels in healthy men. They extracted data from 13 previously published studies with a sample spanning more than 10,000 men aged 0-101. This data was then used to plot mean values of total testosterone as a function of age based on the 1st to 99th percentile in nmol/L.
Take a look at the full study for a more detailed account of the results, but I went ahead and averaged the results based on age increments of 10 years ago, I converted nmol/L to ng/dL and broke it down into 2.5th, 50th, 90th, and 97.5th percentiles:
What do you see?
As Handelsman discovered in 2011, age has no significant influence on testosterone. Could it really be possible that age and testosterone levels are completely independent? That aging men can maintain optimal testosterone levels without resorting to expensive (and potentially dangerous) medical treatments?
If you’re still skeptical, check out the results of this 2017 study that collected blood samples from more than 9,000 men living in the United States and Europe:
Again, age has no influence on testosterone.
As a man in his twenties, I actually found myself on the other side of the fence. Back in 2016—when I was lazy, depressed, skinny, beta, and blue pill—I thought suboptimal testosterone was just something older men had to worry about. But as research reveals, age doesn’t matter, and any man, regardless of age, can have a suboptimal T. What really matters is your mindset and your decisions about how you eat, train, sleep and move. daily life. Nothing more.
The call to action
Do you know your current level of total testosterone? Nope? Next, my call to action for you is to get your blood work done so you know where you are at versus where you need to move forward. Every redpill man should strive to achieve a total testosterone level above 700 ng/dL.
With testosterone prescriptions having more than tripled over the past decade, Big Pharma is taking a hard pound of the so-called “low-T” epidemic. But really, it’s an epidemic of the blue pill – they take advantage of our desire for instant gratification. Don’t fall for the “quick-fix” and always remember that anything easy will leave you exactly the same.
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