DHEA – the male youth hormone – goes from 300 to 700… And testosterone increases by more than 20%…
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1-Minute Leg Lift DOUBLES This Male Youth Hormone
Some people call DHEA a hormone of youth.
It is the starting material for testosterone and DHT.
All of these hormones decline with age. But you can slow the decline.
And here is one way you can do this: with a one-minute leg lift.
A little resistance training can increase these hormones by up to 50% in people over 60.
The researchers carried out this human study at Ritsumeikan University, Shiga, Japan. They published their results in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).
Testosterone and DHT can be created in different parts of the body.
For example, both can be synthesized in muscle tissue.
So it makes sense that increasing muscle could increase male hormones.
“Skeletal muscle can synthesize testosterone and DHT but hormone levels and steroidogenic enzyme expression decline with aging.”
We know that resistance training can increase steroid hormones in young men.
“Resistance exercise has been shown to increase in plasma sex steroid hormone levels.”
But this effect had not been well studied in older men.
Some scientists assumed the boost in sex hormones from exercise was only a youth-related function.
“However, it remains unclear whether resistance training can restore impaired steroidogenic enzyme expressions in older individuals.”
So this study recruited two groups of men: 6 young men and 13 men aged 65 to 70.
“Thirteen older men (mean age: 67 yr) and 6 young men volunteered to participate in this study.”
Everyone was healthy and none of the participants performed regular exercise.
For the study, the older men worked out three times a week for 12 weeks.
The exercise routine consisted of a simple one-minute leg lift.
“Each exercise included 2 exercises; bilateral knee extension involving the leg extensors, and bilateral knee flexion exercising the leg flexors.”
The participants performed three sets of one-minute leg lifts.
They did the one-minute leg lift with three minutes of rest between each set.
If and when the men became stronger, the researchers increased the weight slightly.
The scientists took muscle samples before and after the 12-week study.
DHEA drastically increased after training.
“12 weeks of resistance training significantly restored DHEA levels.”
DHEA went from slightly over 400 to almost 700.
That is more than a 50% boost in the youth-associated hormone.
As I said above, DHEA is also the source material for building testosterone and DHT.
The one-minute leg lift also boosted the masculine hormones testosterone and DHT.
“12 weeks of resistance training significantly restored testosterone and DHT in older subjects.”
DHT went up by over 50% in the older men and testosterone by almost 20%.
The muscle samples showed changes in the enzymes that synthesize testosterone and DHT.
“Steroid enzymes such as 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, and 5α-reductase were significantly restored by resistance training.”
These enzymes synthesize male hormones in muscle.
Resistance training boosted DHEA and increased the rate of conversion to testosterone and DHT in the muscle.
“Progressive resistance training restores age-related declines in sex steroid enzymes and muscle sex steroid hormone levels in older men.”
This exercise routine would have taken 10 to 12 minutes. This includes the rest periods between sets.
The amount of time spent moving weight was probably less than 10 minutes per session.
Exercise is hugely beneficial, provided we can recover.
Like a drug, it is best to find the minimum effective dose.
It is easy to over-exercise, which does more harm than good.
This is especially true as we get older.
Aging affects our ability to recover from stressful exercise.
So exercise intelligently for optimal health.
You should always consult a healthcare practitioner about treating and diagnosing health problems.
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