It’s Not your Father’s Oldsmobile
AGED MATCHED TESTOSTERONE LEVELS HAVE DROPPED 22% SINCE THE LATE 1980’S
Alarming scientific evidence recently reported in Playboy shows American men ages 40, 65 and 70 are plagued with much lower testosterone levels than their fathers before them. Dr. Mark Rosenbloom, founder of LIFEFORCE Medical Institute in Chicago was interviewed by Playboy about the alarming “Low T” trend in their January, 2015 article entitled How Low T Became the Disease du Jour. A study cited by Playboy from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows a 22 percent drop in male testosterone levels since the late 1980s. Researchers say Low T could be responsible for a host of problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, low sex drive, low energy levels and pre-diabetes.
Some scientists blame record low levels of testosterone on a combination of environmental factors such as phytoestrogens in plants like soy, flame retardants in computers and furniture, and BPA in plastic containers. Dr. Rosenbloom told Playboy another big factor is a healthcare payment system designed to treat chronic illness, not prevent it and poorly trained medical practitioners who prescribe testosterone without proper testing and follow-up. Improperly prescribed and managed testosterone therapy can have a host of unwanted side effects like higher risk for heart attack and stroke. Sales of testosterone products are expected to top $4 billion by 2017.