Today, I have some weird results of having high testosterone for you.
And I have some GREAT things that increase testosterone levels!
First, I want to bring your attention to this important study that focused on driving.
Anyone who has ever been in a traffic jam knows it’s stressful, that has to have an effect on your health.
I have actually measured my stress hormones after driving.
My body temperature falls, my cortisol levels rise, and I am sure my testosterone levels fall.
And it’s especially true after a difficult or stressful drive.
The study took place in Rome.
Now, if you’ve driven around Rome or anywhere in Italy, you know how stressful driving there can be.
In this study, researchers looked at taxi drivers.
And they found some very significant bad things happening to people that drive for a living.
First, their sperm quality was much lower than men who don’t drive for a living.
And it didn’t matter whether they smoked or drank alcohol — or even how much.
Just the fact that they drove so much seemed to overwhelm everything else.
If anything, drinking a bit of alcohol seemed to help a little.
Then, they realized these men had more trouble getting their wives pregnant.
And they probably had lower sex drives — although the study didn’t say that.
But what is that driving stress doing to the body?
To answer that question, the next study focuses on the effects of stress hormones like cortisol to see what damage they do to drivers.
The researchers took people who are afraid of driving.
So the researchers measured cortisol levels while the volunteers were in the car.
These are people that get highly stressed out when they’re driving with somebody.
There is even a name for it… driving phobics.
Cortisol rises when people are afraid, fearful, stressed out, or facing a challenging situation.
If cortisol rises chronically like every day, all day, then you have problems.
This chronically high cortisol causes diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and a lot more.
It even causes erectile dysfunction for sure.
Long-term, if you are constantly stressed out or physically sick, it keeps cortisol elevated.
If you have high blood pressure and you think that’s all that you have, you probably have chronically elevated cortisol levels.
And if your cortisol is constantly elevated, you probably have depressed testosterone levels.
Now, there is also good news.
Sometimes events can elevate testosterone temporarily, and even if they also raise cortisol temporarily.
And it’s especially true if you are otherwise quite healthy.
One of those things is contact with women if you are single and looking for a woman.
In this study, they found that men who are talking to attractive women experience an increase in their cortisol levels.
But it only happened with a woman who is available.
If the guy is talking to another guy, or to a married woman who he is not hitting on, his cortisol levels don’t rise.
During social contact with attractive women, moderate increases in cortisol levels may reflect apprehension over an opportunity for courtship.
That temporary increase in cortisol is because you’re trying to hook up with a woman.
That’s a stressful moment.
And it probably goes along with a temporary increase in testosterone.
But chronically high cortisol levels cause low testosterone levels.
And that spells health and sexual trouble for any man.
Here’s what you can do with this information.
Realize that physical stress that results in any problem results in chronically high cortisol levels.
And I mean any problem — even being overweight, or having simple high blood pressure.
Then this lowers your testosterone.
Also realize that if you’re normal and healthy, a little stress won’t cause problems.
If you’re not on medications and have no health problems, that little stress is good for you — keeps you on your toes.
You’ll have nice high testosterone levels.
And that will probably make it easier to hit on sexy girls.
Salivary Cortisol Response During Exposure Treatment in Driving Phobics
Contact with attractive women affects the release of cortisol in men