The average male’s testosterone levels have been in freefall since the 1950s with testosterone levels falling by 1% per year.

In the past, we have reported on the alarming rate at which testosterone levels have been falling across the western world.

There are various possible culprits such as obesity, insulin resistance and metabolic disease, inflammation, ultra-processed foods, microplastics, endocrine disruptors, xenoestrogens, and phytoestrogens, among other factors — which we have discussed at length on this website.

However, the fact remains that this gradual decline will result in deep social ramifications.

With birth rates, fertility, and sperm quality all on the downswing, testosterone levels have also taken an impactful hit.

And although there is a natural drop in testosterone levels as we age — with the exception of certain primitive societies where testosterone levels remain unaffected by age to such an extent — this trend is not related to age.

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Testosterone Levels Dropping by 1% Per Year

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As we have said, there appears to be a natural drop in testosterone levels as the years progress. In more simplistic societies, testosterone levels do not drop at such a consistent rate — perhaps due to exogenous pressures requiring higher levels of testosterone for survival in addition to the lack of environmental factors that may lower T.

However, in an older underreported article, the collapsing T trend has been noted, but failed to engage the traction news of this nature deserves.

Reuters reported:

The average levels of the male hormone dropped by 1 percent a year, Dr. Thomas Travison and colleagues from the New England Research Institutes in Watertown, Massachusetts, found. This means that, for example, a 65-year-old man in 2002 would have testosterone levels 15 percent lower than those of a 65-year-old in 1987. This also means that a greater proportion of men in 2002 would have had below-normal testosterone levels than in 1987.

“The entire population is shifting somewhat downward we think,” Travison told Reuters Health. “We’re counting on other studies to confirm this.”

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We recently reported that the average 22-year-old man had the same testosterone levels as a 67-year-old in the year 2000.

We documented:

According to a report, testosterone levels, which have been shown to have fallen steadily since Victorian times, appear to be declining at an incredible pace.

Twenty years ago, the average retiree had the same testosterone levels as a 22-year-old man who should be at the peak of their masculinity.

Taking to Twitter, Justin Mares wrote: “Here’s a cheery Friday fact. An average 22 year-old male today has roughly the same testosterone levels as a 67 year old had in the year 2000. Average testosterone has fallen close to 50% in the last 2 decades, and nobody is talking about it.”

Publication My Parla stated:

According to research, men’s testosterone levels have dropped at least 20% in the last 20 years with more and more younger men suffering the effects of low testosterone.

This is not a new trend. Seventy-year-old men in 1987-89 had an average testosterone level that was almost 100 points higher than even 55-year-old men in 2002-04. Meaning that the average 22 year old man today, has an average testosterone level roughly equal to that of a 67 year old man in 2000. Therefore, it’s likely that your testosterone levels are half of those of your father and undoubtedly significantly less than your grandfather.

With this in mind if testosterone levels decline naturally as we age, these statistics should have remained constant over time. But we know that they aren’t. Far from it. The negative trend seems to be getting worse and happening to men at much younger ages than ever before.

Reuters added:

It’s likely that some sort of environmental exposure is responsible for the testosterone decline, Travison said, although he said attempting to explain what this might be based on the current findings would be “pure conjecture.”

The researchers used body mass index, the ratio of height to weight, to estimate obesity levels, he noted, but this is not a very accurate way to gauge the real adiposity, or fat content of the body, so it’s possible that obesity might be more of a factor than it appears in this analysis.

“I think like most things that are complex, it’s likely that there is no one cause,” he said.

The current trajectory seems awfully bleak.

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