Testosterone is one of the most important hormones in the male body. Unfortunately, production tends to drop off after age 30 in most men, sometimes resulting in chronically low levels. As you grow older, it is important to pay attention to your daily habits, and how they can affect your testosterone production.

Here are five do’s and don’ts for healthy testosterone levels:

DO exercise on a regular basis.

Finding the energy and motivation to exercise can be tough, but a good workout can kickstart your body’s testosterone production. For best results, stick to heavy, compound lifts and avoid chronic cardio, which can actually cause testosterone levels to drop.

DON’T eat a vegetarian diet.

Soy is a popular meat substitute for vegetarians, but the plant naturally contains estrogen. Add this to the fact that it lacks complete proteins, and you can see why men with a soy-based diet have 10% lower testosterone levels on average.

DO get eight hours of sleep every night.

Getting an adequate amount of sleep is important for many reasons, including testosterone production. In fact, your body produces most of its testosterone while you are fast asleep.

DON’T drink excessive amounts of beer.

Everyone enjoys a nice cold can of beer, but the hops used to brew it are estrogenic. Even two beers per day is enough to impact your testosterone levels.

DO seek professional help if you experience symptoms of low testosterone.

It is estimated that up to 5 million American men suffer from low testosterone, yet only 5% seek treatment. Loss of energy, libido, and muscular strength are all common symptoms of low testosterone.

Residents of New York City and Long Island can consult with the experts at NuWave Medical, PLLC if they suspect they suffer from a hormonal imbalance. With offices conveniently located in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Manhattan, help is never far away. Schedule an appointment online, or call us at (631) 343-7144.