Two research studies on the association of the smoking with low testosterone levels come to opposite views.
One of them supports that the low testosterone in organism is associated with smoking while the other opposes this point of view.
Could nicotine increase testosterone levels in men?
Which is the situation with the chronic smokers?
How testosterone relates to smoking?
This article hosts details on an important issue for the majority of men.
Testosterone levels – as known – decline as the years go by, presenting a peak in adolescence and post-adolescence period and a maximum value around the age of 25 years.
Here we observe a turning point. Following the age of 25-30 years, starts a gradual decline, leading every man to a period so called male menopause or andropause.
However – according to recent studies as well – age may not be the most decisive factor in reduced testosterone levels (especially in middle aged men).
Trying a short research in relevant articles on internet may cause a distraction, confusion and extensive stress.
A number of experts agree that smoking is “suspending” in a way the testosterone production in male body, while others suggest that cigarettes do not seem to affect sperm production, as believed up to date.
Which is true?
Do smokers risk more than non-smokers, regarding reduced testosterone, or all this is just a myth?
How smoking affects the male organism
Smoking – as all doctors warn – is one of the most important parameters concerning the development of lung / pharyngeal / oral cancer and maybe the most serious cause of cardiovascular diseases.
Coronary heart disease has been associated to smoking, as most smokers appear to have serious problems with their heart function (especially after long-term smoking).
Undoubtedly, smoking is a very bad habit, an addiction, an aggravating condition for organism upsetting (quite seriously in many cases) its smooth functioning.
Is the life of the smoker at risk?
Clearly yes. Smoking affects the organism functioning in a negative way and at many different levels, probably provoking serious diseases after long-term use leading to fatal results.
In addition to coronary heart disease, there are recent studies associating smoking habits to atherosclerosis.
So what’s the situation with the testosterone levels?
The factors contributing to testosterone reduction are many and of different character.
Apart from age, fitness, health, gender, body weight, eating habits, abuse, heredity, injuries & genetic predisposition, a number of parameters are to be included showing the reasons affecting the hormonal balance of a middle aged man.
Genital System: Harm caused by the cigarettes
Certainly – as expected – the genital system could not be excluded from the harm and shock caused by the cigarette and its toxic effect in organism.
Harmful toxic substances present in cigarettes, tobacco, cigars and e-cigarettes pass through the blood in entire organism, often causing an irreversible damage.
The destructive power of these toxic substances is so extensive, that they may be inherited from one generation to the next. So simple.
Nevertheless, how is this scientifically justified? Experts argue about an increased concentration of cadmium ions and other derivatives of the toxic addictive nicotine in the surrounding area of the follicle.
Chronic smokers – according to statistics – tend to have lower sperm motility, lower quality & quantity.
So smoking plays a role in a man’s fertility?
All evidence tends to agree with the statement.
This gonad toxic smoking habit – even in its more “modern” version of e-cigarette (atomization) – seems to be responsible for the faster reduction in sperm production.
Looks like, this is one of the most important reasons for an increasing number of young men experience problems with sexual performance and fertility.
Smoking in chronic smokers even alters the structure & shape of sperm, causing serious problems in their sex lives.
Therefore, it’s quite important for all men to understand that chronic smoking may cause irreparable / irreversible damage to their sex life.
DNA affected due to chronic nicotine consumption, in some cases may even lead to disability / hypogonadism / infertility.
Erectile dysfunction is a condition observed in high numbers of young men lately. As a purely vascular condition, erectile function is directly affected by the accumulation of nitric oxide and blood circulation.
Smoking clearly has a negative effect in entire process, affecting both the man’s capability to feel ready for the sexual act and erection’s duration and performance.
The higher the nicotine content of cigarettes, the more “fanatical” the smoker, the longer this “bad habit” lasts in a person’s life, the more likely he/she to develop sexual dysfunction.
Nicotine reduces the dilation of blood vessels in the genitals dramatically and can even cause atherosclerotic disease (one of the most serious damage caused to blood vessels by smoking).
Is all this permanent?
People, “new smokers” can prevent the devastating effects of smoking in organism and restore its normal functioning. The sooner this bad habit discontinues to existing the more likely the organism to recover completely without loss or damage.
An expert can advise and guide the individual to make the smoking cessation process easier for the individual. Psychological support is an important “ally” of the individual in this difficult task.
What I gain when I stop smoking?
As mentioned, it is not so easy to draw accurate conclusions about the relationship between smoking and testosterone, as there are many factors involved in this equation.
However, research shows that giving up smoking can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, smoking-related cancers, and hypogonadism by up to 50%.
Certainly, the period of smoking, the frequency of smoking, the amount of cigarettes, the type of cigarettes (and their nicotine content) and other factors related to fitness, health, habits & the individual’s environment affect the outcome of this equation seriously.
In a few months of non-smoking, the organism starts to show serious differences.
For reducing the risk of serious health problems and malfunctions, several years are necessary (the sooner the stop of smoking happens, the greater the chance of a successful organic return to normal levels).
Basically, the simple form of the equation that everyone should know looks like this: the more cigarettes the less testosterone production, and so higher hormonal / sexual / health / psychology / mental function problems a man will present as years go by.
So the research, supporting that smoking increases testosterone, is false?
No. This is also true.
Don’t get confused. We clear this point right away.
Yes, nicotine reduces sperm production in the long term (affecting its quality and mobility in a negative way), damaging the walls of arteries, preventing good blood circulation making difficult / preventing the erection of penis.
However, in the beginning, when the person first starts smoking, there is an ecstasy for this new experience. This sense of risk, the complexity of this addictive habit “excites” the person to such an extent that at this stage increases the production of testosterone in organism significantly.
Experts associate this young smoker’s feelings (as well as their temporary effects on testosterone production) to the feeling of extreme sports, the unexpected danger, the use of addictive substances, criminal activities, the forbidden, extramarital affairs, gambling in general, participation in unacceptable social / family / sexual situations.
Certainly, over time, testosterone production negatively affected by nicotine and toxicity caused in the organism, results in a gradual decline.
Why Covid-19 “prefers” the men?
The crisis caused by this global pandemic of Covid-19 (Corona- virus) terrified many people, raising many questions.
One of the most usual questions about the disease concerns its preference – according to statistical studies so far – to male sex.
What makes the virus target more men?
Which factors contribute to this?
How a person can protect itself?
Research into the Covid-19 pandemic is at a very early stage. The scientific community is trying to unlock the action mechanism of this virus in order to find the best way to prevent it and treat it.
Statistics seem to confirm that the virus prefers men instead of women with a rate of at least 3: 1 (a big difference).
There is still no clear explanation, though experts tend to believe that men – due to genetic predisposition – have less physical defenses against viruses as women where a stronger immune system, less affected, exists.
In fact, most of the men infected with the Covid-19 virus were obese or even overweight, with diabetes or underlying problems.
Studies by the ICNARC (Intensive Care National Audit & Research Center) show that overweight people have a significantly lower chance of surviving the disease.
Is smoking relating to this conclusion and how?
Smoking and these diseases are responsible for a large percentage of deaths, while in the case of Covid-19 seems to deteriorate the patient’s condition dramatically.