4. Take Control of Your Stress.
If you're under constant stress, your body will churn out a steady stream of the stress hormone cortisol. When it does, it will be less able to create testosterone. So, controlling your stress is important for keeping up your testosterone, Miner says.
Miner's advice to the over-stressed men he sees in his office is to:
- Cut back on long work hours. If you're logging lots of overtime, try to whittle your workday down to 10 hours or less.
- Spend 2 hours a day on activities you like that aren't work- or exercise-related, such as reading or playing music.
5. Review Your Medications.
Some medicines can cause a drop in your testosterone level, Matsumoto says. These include:
- Opioid drugs such as fentanyl, MS Contin, and OxyContin
- Glucocorticoid drugs such as prednisone
- Anabolic steroids used for building muscles and improving athletic performance
You shouldn’t stop taking any of your medications. If you're concerned about your testosterone level, discuss your medications with your doctor to make sure they're not the problem, and to make adjustments to your treatment if needed.
6. Forget the Supplements.
Finally, although you're likely to encounter online ads for testosterone-boosting supplements, you aren't likely to find any that will do much good.
Your body naturally makes a hormone called DHEA that it can convert to testosterone. DHEA is also available in supplement form. But neither Miner nor Matsumoto advise using DHEA supplements since, they say, they will do little to raise your testosterone.