Ryan here again.
So here is my new concern. I am a coffee drinker. I sometimes believe that it is really the experience and routine of going to get coffee that I am really addicted to.
In any case, I have been drinking coffee, 2 Grande cups a day for the last 5 years, (give or take a few cups).
There are actually 3 Starbucks in walking distance from where I live (and they know me by name, very sad indeed).
However, with the coffee comes something else which I believe is much more powerful when it comes to my body... SUGAR!
Yes, I put lots and lots of sugar in my coffee.
This makes the coffee taste so much better and low and behold... I am now addicted to sugar as well as coffee.
So here is my question:
How bad is all this coffee and all this sugar for my body and my testosterone levels?
I know sugar is horrible for you, and believe it or not, I try to eat low sugar foods in my everyday diet, but I am literally putting in like 8 packets of sugar per cup of coffee.
Sugar is probably the reason why I can't seem to lose the gut...
But I am working out 4 days a week with a personal trainer and in a group.
I am taking zinc, L-Arginine and cycling Maca.
I just need to kick this coffee and sugar habit once and for all.
Please tell me how sugar is terrible for testosterone and I will stop today!
This will be my last cup... my last cup of caffeinated sugary goodness...
Thanks Mark. Always appreciate your advice.
Coffee, Sugar and Testosterone
Excess consumption of refined sugar makes you fat, ugly, and stupid!
Fat, because of increased levels of the fat storage hormone insulin, and increased blood glucose levels brought on by sugar consumption.
Ugly, because sugar reacts with protein in your body, resulting in glycation, cross links in the collagen framework of the skin, brown spots, wrinkles, and premature aging.
Stupid, because people with chronically elevated blood sugar levels have a significantly increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and vascular dementia.
Now, let's get to the testosterone part.
The rocket scientists over at the Endocrine Society, recommend that all men's T levels be tested twice, in a fasting state, before being prescribed any type of testosterone.
Here's the logic behind this decision.
As you read this, keep in mind, these are the brilliant minds in the medical field, that make most of the decisions when it comes to men's hormonal health.
In a study a while back, the society gave 74 men, seventy five grams of pure glucose.
This sugar solution decreased blood levels of testosterone by as much as 25 percent, even in the men with normal glucose tolerance.
Two hours after the glucose administration, T levels remained much lower than before in 73 out of 74 men.
15 percent of the test subjects became severely hypogonadal at one or more points during the test period.
Any rational mind at this point would think, maybe would should control our sugar and refined carb intake in order to get accurate readings in the future
But nope, that didn't happen.
Remember, this is "medical science".
Science that has a chemical solution for every single health problem in existence.
No need to change your lifestyle habits, we'll simply change your prescription!
So what was their call?
Let's start testing men in a fasting state, before sugar does it's damage.
Then, you can all go home and eat your sugar and refined carbs with impunity.
I think I have a better idea!
Don't eat the refined carbs, and sugar in the first place!
My last testosterone test was scheduled at 4:30 in the afternoon, and there wasn't a chance in the world I was going to suffer through an all day fast.
I like to eat!
I consumed my normal diet of grassfed beef, nuts, salmon, poultry, eggs, avocado, veggies, and fruit in moderation.
What I didn't do was eat chips, cookies, breads, muffins, cereals, Coca Cola, or coffee with 8 packets of sugar.
My test came back at the upper end of normal, once again.
No fasting, no carbs, no problem!
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