Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, and with good reason. It is produced by the adrenal glands and is typically released during stressful events. In addition to a spike in cortisol, stressful events can also increase inflammation and affect hormonal responses.
Cortisol is important because it helps regulate many bodily functions and processes. It helps maintain normal blood pressure levels, cardiovascular functioning and metabolizes proteins, carbohydrates and fats. However, higher cortisol levels resulting from stress can lead to a number of health conditions including low testosterone (T). In fact, chronically elevated cortisol as a result of stress can lead to many of the same conditions caused by Low T: impotence, loss of libido, and infertility.
Can stress affect Low T?
While there is no scientific evidence that clearly links lower stress with higher testosterone, chronic stress does have similar physiologic effects on the body. Therefore, lowering stress may also help with symptoms of Low T, such as:
- Loss of interest in sex
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling depressed
- Lack of energy and interest
Can less stress lead to fewer symptoms of Low T?
Symptoms of stress and Low T are similar; therefore one could reason that the same lifestyle changes that help lower stress, may also improve sexual health. These include:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating a healthy diet
- Getting plenty of rest
- Practicing relaxation techniques to reduce stress
- Setting realistic goals
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding alcohol
- Avoiding caffeine
- Avoiding drugs to relieve stress
- Asking for help if you’re struggling
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