The human body creates testosterone, a hormone that plays an important part in the growth of men’s genital system. Women’s body also produces it but not to the extent as men’s. Everything we will discuss below applies to men. Numerous individuals mistakenly believe that using soy instead of sausages will reduce testosterone, and they view meat as a ‘manly’ product. Going by a 2009 review of multiple studies, soybean-based protein does not affect men’s testosterone levels. Despite it and several other substantiated pieces of information, vegan food items have long been thought to reduce these levels.
A recent piece of research featured in the peer-reviewed ‘World Journal of Urology’, shows that this is a wrong perception. The study reveals that the hormone levels are the same in plant-based food eaters and non-vegetarians alike. Keep reading to know more about the study and its findings.
Usual Testosterone Levels
Scientists checked the levels of the hormone in the blood of around 200 cisgender men before categorizing these people’s diets into 3: plant-based, healthy plant-based, and omnivorous. They did this to look at the connection between the levels of serum testosterone and plant-based diet content in those men.
The trials looked to discover precisely how true vegan diets affect masculinity. For this, researchers measured the distinctions in their hormone levels on the basis of the diet preferences of them. The tests reveal that there exists no distinction between the hormone levels of those meat consumers and vegans who participated in these. This discovery breaks the stigma around masculinity and vegan diets.
One of the co-authors in the study is Ranjith Ramasamy, who works as the Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at Florida’s University of Miami. Ramasamy stated, “We found a plant-based diet was associated with normal testosterone levels, levels that are the same as occur in men who eat a traditional diet that includes more meat.”
There Are Several Other Factors At Play
Besides diet, many other factors may impact testosterone levels. Testosterone production will come down when a man grows old. When he reaches his 30’s, the hormone level will start dipping slightly each year, as a natural effect of aging. Another factor that possibly reduces it is stress. When you experience stress, your body will be full of cortisol. This hormone will suppress the creation of hormones, such as testosterone.