The lack of testosterone is a matter not to be underestimated: indeed, it can lead to problems, including a reduction in energy and libido, together with physiological alterations, including an increase of body fat and reduced bone mineral density. It emerged that in recent years a low level of testosterone is very common among the men: for example, in the United States approximately 500,000 men is diagnosed with a testosterone deficiency every year.
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in Addition to drugs, treatment for low testosterone level often includes lifestyle changes, as exercise and weight loss. But the effects of diet on testosterone levels were not clear. Since testosterone is a steroid hormone derived from cholesterol, changes in fat intake may alter the levels. This new analysis of how the diet affects the serum testosterone provides evidence that a low-fat diet is associated with lower levels of testosterone compared to a diet without restrictions.
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were anlizzati data on more than 3,100 men in a study the national health the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, or NHANES), where all the participants had available data on diet and on serum level of testosterone. On the basis of the history of the diet of two days, 14.6 percent of men met the criteria for a diet low in fat content, as defined by the American Heart Association (AHA). Another 24.4 percent of the men followed a mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables and wholegrain cereals but poor in animal proteins and dairy products. Only a few men have met the criteria for the diet AHA low carb, so this group was excluded from the analysis.
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