Smoking is a silent killer and this is something we have known for many years now. Although smoking cigarettes might not be considered a traditional drug addiction, you have to realize that cigarettes laced with nicotine aren’t just addictive, they also put your health in jeopardy.
What you may be surprised to find out is that smoking cigarettes don’t really affect serum testosterone levels. In fact, there are many studies out there that can support this statement.
Smoking and testosterone: what do studies say?
One particular study compared the testosterone levels in both those who smoke and non-smokers. The results of the study revealed that on average, the testosterone levels in the participants were almost the same. It’s because of this, that it seems likely your testosterone levels could be left unaffected by smoking.
Further research was carried out where the participants were heavy chain smokers and non-smokers. The results of the study showed that serum testosterone levels and androgen levels were more or less the same in both groups.
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Another study revealed something interesting when they conducted research on men who had quit smoking. After the first few months of withdrawal, there was a slight increase in testosterone levels. But, one year later, the participants’ T levels had returned back to the same level they were when they used to smoke. Some men experienced quite a large dip in their T levels.
How smoking affects your hormones
It has been said that men who have higher testosterone levels stand more of a chance of getting into potentially dangerous situations such as smoking, drinking, and gambling. This led many researchers to believe that smokers have higher T levels, which are responsible for their jeopardizing activities. Put simply, men with more testosterone are more likely to become smokers, compared to those with low T.
Further research has suggested that cigarettes can metabolize testosterone very quickly. Additionally, this also means that smoking makes testosterone metabolism in the liver more efficient. How smoking can actually help the body in any way, is quite a lot to get your head around. However, what is strange is that the metabolizing effect doesn’t change the testosterone levels in the serum of smokers.
There are many studies out there that support the harm-free effects of cigarettes on T levels. Although, there is one study that provided some puzzling results. This particular study suggested that there is no real difference in the testosterone levels of smokers and non-smokers.
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But, what smoking can do is reduce your zinc levels. Zinc is one of the main principal minerals that your body needs to produce testosterone. What this may propose is that smoking combined with a poor diet can cause a zinc deficiency, which could then lead to low testosterone.
Well then, is smoking bad for your health?
There may be a lot of research to show that smoking leaves your testosterone well alone. However, that’s not to say that it’s all fine, as well all know, smoking can cause many other health issues, including:
- Smoking causes around 7 out of 10 cases of lung cancer and can also put you are risk of developing cancer in other parts of the body including; the mouth, throat, bladder, bowel, liver, and stomach
- It also damages your heart and blood circulation which increases the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes
- Asthma and other respiratory tract infections
- Erectile dysfunction or reduced sexual function
The bottom line
To continue smoking on the basis that it won’t harm your testosterone levels is really not a sensible choice. Well actually, to continue smoking anyway isn’t a wise idea. If your overall health isn’t great then you won’t be able to maintain those good testosterone levels for an extended period of time.
The best thing you can do for yourself and your health is to stop smoking altogether. Now, we know that for some, this can be an incredibly difficult task, however, the benefits of stopping outweigh continuing. In order to quit smoking you could try:
- Nicotine replacement therapy
- Avoiding triggers (excessive alcohol etc)
- Chew gum
- Relaxation techniques
- Looking for the support online
- Reminding yourself why you’re stopping
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Studies may have shown that there isn’t that much difference in T-levels between guys who smoke and those that don’t… However, alongside regular smoking, other bad habits can start to appear, such as drinking too much alcohol and making bad food choices.
Of course, we’d always recommend cutting back on smoking, if not stopping altogether! This will allow you to keep your health in check and stay on top of your testosterone levels. If you think there’s something else going on that could be affecting your T (and therefore your mood, performance, and libido, among a few other things) have you considered how Male Extra could help?
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