Why Beer Isn’t So Manly
In recent years, testosterone levels have plummeted.
Studies have found that testosterone levels in men today are 25% lower than levels were in their age-matched counterparts from the 1980’s.
Many men seek help for annoying symptoms decreased energy, lack of sex drive, or feeling overly fatigued. Many of these men find that they are suffering from low testosterone or Low T. While having Low T can be a bit embarrassing to men who consider themselves “a man’s man”, it is a common problem.
After figuring out what the problem is, many men want to know what caused it. “How did I get Low T?” and “how long does it take for testosterone therapy to work?” are among the first questions patient’s often ask.
Well, if you are a man with low testosterone and want to know the cause, you might not like some of the reasons. Beer, according to recent research, might be one of the biggest culprits. That’s right, the manliest of man drinks; that nectar of the gods, may actually be lowering testosterone and increasing estrogen in the male population.
Beer’s Effect on Testosterone Levels
While many men are concerned about how long it takes for testosterone therapy to work, they should probably be a bit more concerned about what they can do to speed up the process of responding to TRT, or even better, how they can slow down the development of Low T.
Beer, with all of its additives can really mess with your hormonal balance. BPA, which caused huge public outcry a few years back, is thought to be a main culprit in low T levels, but soy, low fat diets, and yes, too many beers also play a role.
Soy and beer have a negative effect on testosterone levels because of the way the body breaks them down and what exists within the byproducts. Soy has estrogen in it, everyone seems to know that now; however, beer does too. It’s the hops. Those flavorful little hops might be a bigger reason for the development of Low T in males than we originally thought.
Why Does Beer Affect Testosterone Levels?
Beer is produced with hops. Hops are what give beer a nice, nutty flavor and they aid in the fermentation process.
Generally speaking, Indian Pale Ales (IPA’s), are considered very “hoppy” beers. Aside from giving beer its distinctive beer taste, hops are estrogenic. They contain something called phytoestrogen, or estrogen derived from plants.
When a beer drinker consumers beer on a daily basis, say more than two a day, the phytoestrogen has an effect on the body, and raises estrogen levels, while lowering testosterone levels. The estrogenic effect of beer is likely the culprit behind the notorious “beer gut’ and “man boobs” that are often joked about. Additionally, the extra weight added by increased beer consumption also make the body convert more testosterone to estrogen.
Therefore: Too Much Beer = More Fat = More Estrogen = Less Testosterone
To add insult to injury, beer also contains barley, which is a prolactin. Prolactin is the hormone that increases a woman’s breast size during puberty and promotes lactation in motherhood. When prolactin and estrogen are introduced into the system via beer drinking, they can have a very negative effect on testosterone levels.
How Long Does it Take for Testosterone Therapy to Work?
There is some good news for men who are wondering “how long does it take for testosterone therapy to work?” You should begin seeing results within four to six weeks of treatment, however, it is important to keep these recommendations in mind, even after you start feeling better.
You might need to put your beer drinking days behind you, or at least limit them in quantity and frequency. Experts suggest limiting alcohol to weekends only, and even then choosing something drinks which do not contain hops.