Updated: Feb 9
How-and-why testosterone is vital for immune health and what you can do to support your testosterone levels naturally.
As if there wasn’t enough bad news on Covid, research has shown that men with low testosterone levels have a 6 X increased risk factor of death from Covid.
This link is seeking to shed light on why so many more men around the world have died of Covid, and why older men are particularly susceptible.
We know that testosterone levels reduce with age and 1 in 4 men in the UK have sub optimal levels. Also, that levels are at a global all time low. None of this is good news for men and this new link shows that it's more important than ever that we all start prioritising our hormonal health in the same way women have for years.
STUDIES REVEAL THAT NORMAL T-LEVELS ARE A VITAL DEFENCE AGAINST COVID-19
Experts in the field of testosterone, are now convinced that optimal levels of the primary male hormone are vital weapon for men in fighting Coronavirus.
Reinforcing what the science has increasingly revealed over recent years that the primary male hormone’s role is far more complex and varied than just being responsible for sex drive and muscle mass. Men’s natural production of testosterone is increasingly being comprised by poor diet, negative lifestyles and environmental toxins which is putting men’s health at risk.
Recent studies prove that men’s hormonal health is as vital as women’s is. Yet sadly few men prioritise theirs in the same way.Clearly times need to change, and urgent solutions are needed.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE HEADLINES.
LOW-T LINKED TO HIGHER DEATH RATE OF MEN HOSPITALISED FOR COVID-19.
Investigators reported during the 36th annual European Association of Urology congress (EAU21) that low testosterone levels are highly prevalent among men at the time of hospital admission for COVID-19, and it is associated with more severe clinical outcomes, including death.
Senior author Abhinav Diwan, MD, Professor of Medicine explains; “If a man had low testosterone when he first came to the hospital, his risk of having severe COVID-19 — meaning his risk of requiring intensive care or dying — was much higher compared with men who had more circulating testosterone. And if testosterone levels dropped further during hospitalisation, the risk increased.”
The lower the levels of testosterone, the more severe the disease. For example, those with the lowest levels of testosterone in the blood were at highest risk of going on a ventilator, needing intensive care, or dying. Thirty-seven patients — 25 of whom were men — died over the course of the study.
The conclusion was that lower testosterone levels seemed to predict which patients were likely to become very ill.
Its findings were echoed by another study of 45 patients, including 35 men, in Hamburg in Germany. Researchers at the University Medical Centre
Hamburg-Eppendorf found that more than two thirds of male Covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care showed low levels of testosterone, as did most of the Covid-19 patients who died.
The researchers noted that other factors known to increase the risk of severe COVID-19, including advanced age, obesity, and diabetes, also are associated with lower testosterone.
Experts Agree That Low Testosterone is a large risk factor in Men’s Health
The results of all the studies have left experts believing that normal levels of testosterone offer protection against the virus.
In addition previous research had shown that low levels are a risk factor for Covid and low testosterone levels are linked to a heightened risk of premature death from heart disease and ALL causes of death (British Medical Journal 2010).
Influencing conditions including; Diabetes, Depression, Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease & Osteoporosis.
Symptoms of low T include; Erectile Dysfunction, Poor Memory, Brain Fog, Hair Loss, Low Mood & Irritability.
Had Covid? Why it’s important to boost your natural testosterone levels?
Research has shown that it's common for men who have Covid may to have had their testosterone levels negatively implicated.
A study in Pubmed Jan 2022, revealed that” “Although total testosterone levels increased over time after COVID-19, more than 50% of men who recovered from the disease still had circulating testosterone levels suggestive for a condition of hypogonadism at 7-month follow-up. In as many as 10% of cases, testosterone levels even further decreased”
TIME TO BIO-HACK YOUR WAY TO HEALTHY HORMONES.
DNA Head of Nutrition, Bertie Stringer offers 5 easy tips to boost your levels naturally and bio hack your daily supply of this crucial hormone.
Or lack thereof it being the killer of testosterone. It replenishes overnight between 10pm and 6am. Anything less than 7 hours impacts production leaving levels lower the following day and it has a culminative effect.
2. TIME TO SHIFT THE FAT
Extra weight has become an issue for many men. Extra fat cells cause further hormonal imbalance as they release oestrogen which robs testosterone and can lead to other issues such as man boobs (check out our other blogs on how to deal with this issue specifically).
3. DITCH THE BOOZE
Excess alcohol has further negatively impacted T levels. Boring I know but if you want to optimise your own production and make long term improvements, cutting back will benefit your natural levels, plus helps with cutting calories further improving your levels.
4. GET SOME WINTER SUNLIGHT
Blood tests revealed that exposure to sunlight resulted in a higher release of hormones like testosterone compared to a day indoors. Vitamin D deficiency is common, particularly during Winter months as the body requires sunlight to produce it. It’s well known for its immune protecting powers - enhancing the function of immune cells so a powerhouse all-rounder.
5. SNACK ON NUTS
They will do yours the world of good! The minerals zinc and magnesium are crucial to testosterone production, and nuts and seeds offer you the highest levels. Brazils, cashews, pumpkin seeds offer the highest levels.
Covid has taught us the critical importance of self-care and there has never been more of an incentive than the pandemic to empower us to take control over our health. It’s the most important thing we have and there’s so much we can do to help ourselves.