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High Protein / High Testosterone

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 07, 2012 at 11:52 PM

So, I'm not super educated on all this... still learning, so bear w/me plz.

I've heard/read that consumption of a lot of protein can increase testosterone levels.

So, is this even true?

If so, as a woman, should I be concerned? If so, about what? If not, why?

What negative affects could this have on men? Adrenals? (of either gender)

If this isn't true, consider me silly. :)

Thanks.

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Do you have links to the full text? It didn't say how many grams or what percent of total calories were coming from protein in those, not that I saw at least.

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on January 08, 2012
at 12:21 AM

I wouldn't worry if I were you. Women need testosterone too, and the basic idea is that a naturally healthy diet will allow for naturally healthy hormone expression without you having to micromanage it.

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on January 08, 2012
at 01:06 AM

I wouldn't worry if you're eating a clean paleo diet. In studies with extremely (unnaturally) high protein intakes, protein was shown to actually lower testosterone

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3573976

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6584878

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on June 03, 2013
at 11:50 PM

Do you have links to the full text? It didn't say how many grams or what percent of total calories were coming from protein in those, not that I saw at least.

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on January 08, 2012
at 04:38 AM

Testosterone naturally produced by your own body is healthy for women, and can improve emotional well-being.

Just don't use anabolic steroids and you'll be fine.

If anything diet-wise, saturated fat consumption is associated with increased production of hormones such as testosterone, but I'm not sure even that has been rigorously proven scientifically (just an observed correlation at this point).

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on January 08, 2012
at 01:35 AM

Testosterone protects against autoimmune disease, which as a woman you are at a substantially increased risk for.

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