As testosterone levels decline, and as GnRH decreases a lot of times, your body starts to create more LH and FSH to produce more testosterone. Well, creating more LH and more FSH can trigger that negative feedback loop, that ultimately shuts down testosterone production even more. But I would say the most common reason that men over 30 start to have a decline in testosterone, is mainly, because of those Leydig cells. Leydig cells that are down in the testes that convert the LH and FSH into a usable form of testosterone, by combining with cholesterol. They shrink, they die off, they atrophy and decrease in mass, which means there’s less area for them to convert that cholesterol.
So, there are some ways for them to explain, that you can combat that, just simply through your nutrition. It comes down to timing more than anything. We talked about that gene; we talked about that LH and FSH, but we also have to look at the natural pulses. You see, if we don’t have a hypothalamic issue or pituitary issue, we’re still at least producing the hormones, that drive testosterone production. Then all we have to do is get ourselves some more cholesterol, so we can at least increase the potential to convert more testosterone. If you have a Leydig cell, then you’re going to have X amount of cholesterol that comes in. Well, it’s only going to be able to utilize some of that cholesterol; the rest is going to float around other parts of the body. As that cell gets smaller, because of age, you need to make sure you’re getting the right kind of cholesterol and increasing your good healthy cholesterol; it is like you have a better chance of grabbing those cholesterols and converting them into testosterone.
Now, the other thing you can do to help your natural testosterone levels is stopped focusing on just testosterone and focus on your brain. So you take care of your brain with the right kind of fats. You know, with the right kind of Omega 3 vs. Omega 6. Even meditation as cheesy as it may sound. You have to protect this house because that is the catalyst for everything that creates the body that you want.
But then last but not least, you want to eat your fats predominantly in the morning. Get them in the morning, when your brain is already stimulating that GnRH pulse as it is, even if it’s declining, even if it’s smaller. Capitalize on that and try to get the most out of your testosterone levels.