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How can you naturally increase testosterone?

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Male testosterone levels can be increased in safe, healthy ways, explains WebMD, primarily through lifestyle changes involving diet and exercise. Some changes that improve testosterone levels include getting adequate sleep, keeping a healthy weight, getting cardiovascular exercise regularly, performing strength training, managing stress and avoiding or monitoring use of medications that can lower testosterone. These include opioid pain relievers, such as Oxycontin; anabolic steroids; and glucocorticoid medicines, such as prednisone.

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Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles that plays a large role in male sexuality and reproduction, directly impacting male libido, sexual function, muscle mass and hair growth as well as bone density and a man's overall sense of well being, explains Mercola.com. Beginning about age 30, a man's testosterone levels begin to fall, and they continue to fall throughout his life; however, lifestyle choices can mitigate the loss of testosterone.

WebMD explains that overweight and obese men have lower testosterone levels, and reducing weight can increase testosterone. When a man exercises, his brain sends out a signal for the body to produce more testosterone, so regular exercise, such as vigorous walking 10 to 20 minutes a day, helps increase testosterone as does strength training several times a week. Extreme amounts of exercise, however, lower testosterone levels. Similarly, DHEA hormone supplements, a precursor to testosterone, do little to help raise testosterone levels.

If lifestyle interventions do not improve testosterone levels, seek a doctor's advice. Medications are available that can increase testosterone levels, notes Mercola.com.

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