When people are kids – before they hit puberty – boys actually have a higher incidence of asthma than girls. But this flips as soon as the hormones start rolling in. With women having much more asthma than men.
A lot of boys “grow out” of asthma at puberty. Whis is exactly when the testosterone starts flowing in.
But not all boys grow out of asthma. Some men also get asthma and it can be severe enough to put a guy in the hospital days and weeks on end while people are rooting for him to breathe.
That’s just how my asthma was. It took over my life in ways that I was not happy with.
So I found natural ways to cure that asthma and got off the inhalers and steroids for good. Because they just seemed to make me sicker and sicker. But they were the only answers the docs really had for me at the time.
And getting sicker was better than being dead and not being able to breathe at all.
But in a weird way, even though at the time I wasn’t trying to kick up my testosterone levels, the CO2 therapy I did (and still do) raised my T without me knowing. And probably helped to squoosh those ICL2 cells (more on those in a bit) without me even realizing.
So let’s get into the nitty gritty. A lot of interesting evidence is coming up lately that is showing that testosterone has a protective effect against asthma.
In adults, asthma is two times more prevalent and more severe in women than men, despite more being more common in boys than girls before puberty.
This is why boys often, but not always “grow out” of asthma at puberty. Their bodies are dropping tons and tons of testosterone into their blood streams and those ICL2 cells that cause asthma are being squashed to smithereens.
The Role of ICL2 In Asthma
I’ve mentioned ICL2 twice now. So it’s about high time that I gave you some inside info into what this cell is all about.
ICL2 is a cell that researchers are just learning about called the innate lymphoid cell (or ILC2s) that is found in lungs, skin and other organs. In other words, it’s found all over your body.
And what this cell does is produce an inflammatory response to triggers for asthma, actually causing the asthma attack.
Asthma is an inflammatory response that doesn’t necessarily start in the lungs.
Since Big Pharma likes treat symptoms and not causes you are likely to get an inhaler for the symptoms or steroids for the symptoms, but you aren’t likely to find out about the root causes of anything.
But I don’t believe in that garbage, so I’m going to find the root cause and give it to you on a silver platter. That way you can make your own decisions.
Like most diseases of the body, asthma starts with inflammation and is a systemic issue. It looks like it’s all about the lungs, but really it’s not.
The lung symptoms are a just symptom, not the cause. And those symptoms come from the ILC2 cells that trigger inflammation all throughout the body cells and then roll up into the lung systems.
And that’s why a simple hormone can have such a difference. Because it works on those cells all over the body.
Testosterone squashes not only the inflammatory response, but also the squashes the proliferation of the ILC2 cells that cause the asthma reaction.
“Testosterone directly acts on ILC2s by inhibiting their proliferation,” Dr. Seillet noted. “So, in males, you have less ILC2s in the lungs, and this directly correlates with the reduced severity of asthma.”
The study doesn’t say this directly, but if women have more of these ILC2 cells that cause the inflammation response that leads to asthma, because they don’t have nearly as much testosterone as males.
So if males have asthma they may also have lower than average testosterone. And low testosterone is something you want to fix pronto. Because guys with good T report lots of benefits including enhanced interactions with the ladies.
“Our research shows that high levels of testosterone in males protect them against the development of allergic asthma. We identified that testosterone is a potent inhibitor of innate lymphoid cells, a newly described immune cell that has been associated with the initiation of asthma.”
Raising Testosterone in Men May Make Asthma Disappear
If you are a guy with asthma you probably also have low testosterone. This is seriously not your fault. Low T is nearly pandemic today due to a ton of factors.
BUT it is easy to raise – if you know what you’re doing.
Bottom line? Fix the testosterone and the triggers for the asthma should eventually be suppressed.
Because the testosterone actually inhibits new ILC2 cells that cause the asthma symptoms. And if your T is off, those cells multiply.
But, don’t just go out and supplement testosterone to get rid of asthma. That can have some really not-so-great side effects – like raising estrogen levels. It can be bad news and actually feminizing.
You want to raise testosterone naturally.
I don’t have a ton of time to go into it here, but I will give you one tip so that you don’t suppress those levels anymore.
In our newsletter we go over tons of ways to raise testosterone naturally. So I recommend that. You can get that here.
Eat regular meals to maintain healthy testosterone.
When you fast, or skip meals, then you lower your testosterone. This is a pretty popular thing to do these days to lose weight I guess – although it doesn’t really work for that. And it’s an easy one to fix.
There were a bunch of guys who were skipping meals and this is what they found in the research:
TESTOSTERONE DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE INTERMITTENT FASTING GROUP.
If you skip meals (and yes even breakfast) you are shooting yourself in the proverbial testosterone foot.
Low testosterone and asthma are closely linked
Does low testosterone cause asthma? I’m pretty sure it does.
But be warned. If you go out and get your testosterone checked low t tests aren’t always super accurate.
And of course never go off meds without talking to your doctor first. Because I am absolutely not a doc.
Effects of eight weeks of time-restricted feeding (16/8) on basal metabolism, maximal strength, body composition, inflammation, and cardiovascular risk factors in resistance-trained males