In the past few weeks in my weekly column I have talked about superfoods and all the health benefits and goodness they bring. The critical importance of nutrition within the whole fitness and training cycle. As well as the importance of performing exercises correctly, using the right form and technique. (more…)
Testosterone has been available as a medical therapy since the 1930s, yet testosterone use in men has seen dramatic growth in recent years, with men visiting their physician up 55 percent from 1.2 million in 2009 to 1.9 million in 2013 to discuss testosterone therapy, alongside a 10-fold increase in testosterone prescriptions in the U.S. This rise is in part due to an increased awareness of medical symptoms associated with lowered testosterone. But sky high use of testosterone therapy is also a consequence of aggressive direct-to-consumer advertising which promotes a “fountain of youth” myth regarding testosterone use, or otherwise may be “selling a disease.” (more…)
I’m in the bathroom, door locked, staring at the mirror, stripped down to the heart-covered boxers my wife, Kathy, gave me for Valentine’s Day. As I hold the 0.5 cc syringe, I’m humming Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done”—a bit of black humor to pump up enough courage to jab the hypodermic into my abdomen.
Ball check: Even if you’re 22 years old and in the prime of your testosterone-making years, your testicles may not be pumping out enough male hormone for peak muscle growth, threesomes with NFL cheerleaders, and all-around manliness.
To find out, take this dripping-wet T test: The next time you step out of the shower and reach for your bath towel, stop and stand up straight. Now look down: If you can see your testicles, congratulations, Mr. T. But if a big belly is blocking the view of your jewels, it’s likely that your testosterone levels aren’t anywhere near what they could be.
Belly fat, my friend, is a testosterone buster. And it’s secretly turning you into a chick.
Every man who has put on an athletic supporter must have wondered why his “family jewels” are suspended in such a vulnerable position. Why hasn’t nature tucked the testicles into the protective confines of the pelvis like their female counterparts, the ovaries? The simple reason is temperature. Low temperature is essential for testosterone output and sperm production. But modern conveniences may warm things up or have other unintended effects on testicular function. Just from prolonged sitting the temperature of your testes can raise by six degrees!