Testosterone levels in American men are falling at an alarming rate. According to Healio Endocrine Today, we have witnessed a dramatic decline in the hormone over the last two decades. Even more worrying, these decreases are independent of age. In the past, it was normal to see testosterone drop as a man grew older, but now researchers are seeing a plunge in younger men too.
Low testosterone isn't simply an inconvenience, it can be life threatening. A study presented at the Endocrine Society in Toronto found that men with inadequate testosterone had a 33 percent greater risk of death over the course of the next 18 years compared to those with higher testosterone. A deficiency in the hormone also contributes to prostate and testicular cancer, erectile dysfunction, poor muscle mass, fatigue, insomnia and memory/concentration problems.
Women can also suffer from low testosterone, especially in a society that relies heavily on plastic packaging, chemicals and pesticides. These toxins translate into xenoestrogens within the body and cause widespread endocrine system disruptions. When our hormones are knocked off balance, we can become estrogen dominant - leading to an increased risk of breast cancer, obesity, diabetes, infertility and miscarriage.