I see conflicting information on this all over the interwebs. Does a low carb diet lower testosterone? How about having high protein consumption?
I've been experiencing lowered libido since getting stricter on my low carb diet, but I also noticed that when I shifted some calories from protein to fat the problem faded a bit. Does anyone know what this is about?
Normally I ask my father-in-law when I have diet/nutrition questions since he's a paleo-nutrition nut and a physician, but there are some things I'd prefer not to talk to him about :)
Thank you for posting this. I, too, have experienced a lower libido since going Paleo and being strict about my carb consumption. Most of my other health maladies are now gone so it seems a small price to pay, but I bet my husband would beg to differ on that front. :) Please everyone, chime in - let me know if you think that upping carbs (sweet potatoes, acorn squash, white rice) might help in this department. Thanks!
If there is an effect it is probably very minimal. As long as you are eating paleo, exercising, reducing stress (i.e. living a healthy balanced life in general) the effect would be barely noticeable. I do noticed a lowered libido doing very low carb but that may just be to having very little energy. I eat high protein, moderate fat, moderate carbs most days and my libido is outrageous. Then again, I'm also in my early 20s.
Low carb means more cholesterol is eventually turned into cortisol (to convert the protein into sugar) and less is available to turn into testosterone. Also low carb negatively impacts T3 levels which is needed to make the conversion in the first place...
i think semen has sugar in it and i wonder if not giving your body any sugar would disrupt the production of it, thus leading to lower testosterone? i have no scientific reason for saying that it was just the thought that popped into my head when i heard the question.