Can Keto Help Boost Testosterone?

Can Keto Help Boost Testosterone?

October 24, 2019 0 By William Morgan


– Testosterone and the ketogenic diet
are a lot more closely related
than people seem to think.
See it all comes down to the
good old foundation of cholesterol.
And whether you like it or not,
cholesterol is actually good for us.
I’m Thomas DeLauer with Keto Mojo
and we’re going to break
down how the keto diet
can actually help boost
your testosterone levels.
You see the first thing
we have to look at,
again, is cholesterol.
Cholesterol is what is
known as a steroid hormone.
Now the word steroid
automatically gets a bad rap,
but in reality, a steroid hormone
is a perfectly healthy
thing within the human body.
So cholesterol is a steroid hormone,
and testosterone is a steroid hormone,
and they’re called steroid hormones
because they have a common theme.
And that is the steroid ring
which actually makes up the
molecular structure of these hormones.
Now we don’t need to go into
the molecular breakdown,
the molecular structure and all that.
We’re going to save that for another day.
We want to talk about the ketogenic diet
and how it boosts testosterone levels.
So first we have to look at
how cholesterol becomes testosterone.
You see, cholesterol gets converted
into something known as pregnenolone.
Pregnenolone is sort of a master hormone
that can be broken down
into various other hormones.
It can be broken down into estrogen,
it can be broken down into testosterone.
It all depends on the circumstance.
And it’s done so by an enzyme
known as Cytochrome P450.
The Cytochrome P450 breaks
down a lot of things.
In fact it’s even involved
in alcohol metabolism.
But it has a big role
when it comes down to
taking the root core of
cholesterol and breaking it down
and turning it into something
that’s usable by the body,
generally, hormones.
Now when we look at the ketogenic diet,
75%, or roughly thereof,
is going to be fats
when we look at our diet.
So we have to remember
that when we’re supporting
our healthy cholesterol
levels through the diet,
we’re potentially giving
ourselves more of a foundation
to build testosterone off of.
So this is all a very positive thing.
Cholesterol also plays a role
in what are called lipid rafts.
Now these lipid rafts are what essentially
carry different proteins
and different fats.
And these lipid rafts assemble components
for things like mTOR and IGF.
Now what that means is it’s
going to help someone build muscle,
which has a direct
correlation with testosterone.
So when we have mTOR, which stands for
mammalian target of rapamycin,
we essentially have the anabolic switch.
When mTOR is turned on and
mTOR signaling can work
because we have the healthy cholesterol,
the testosterone within the human body
can actually do the work.
It can actually build muscle.
It can actually do things.
This also plays a big role with IGF.
IFG is another thing, although
unrelated to testosterone,
it is related to overall muscle building.
And the more muscle that we have,
generally we start having
more testosterone as well.
So there is sort of a feedback
system that happens there.
Now let’s go ahead and look at a study
that found the ketogenic diet
had a powerful effect
on not only cholesterol,
but on testosterone, too.
So this study was published in
the Journal of Strength
and Conditioning Research.
It was an 11 week study that took a look
at people that were doing
the traditional western diet,
versus a very low carb ketogenic diet.
Well what they found
at the end of 11 weeks
was that they did have an increase
in total cholesterol levels.
At first glance, people are like
wow, we don’t want this increase,
even though it was a subtle increase,
it still goes against the grain
of what we are normally hearing is good.
But they also found that there is a
118 nanogram per deciliter
increase in testosterone.
Now to give you an idea
of reference range,
the general positive reference
range for testosterone levels
is going to be anywhere from like
300 to 900 nanograms per deciliter.
So when you see a 118 nanogram
per deciliter increase
in 11 weeks, that is a huge increase.
That’s enough to take
someone that is considered
low testosterone into
significantly higher testosterone
and within normal range.
That is very powerful.
Now they also saw that
there was a decrease
in overall insulin levels.
So there could be a correlation there.
You see, the way that we
can go down that rabbit hole
is to start looking at how
insulin plays a role in
leydig cell function.
You see we have leydig cells
that come out of the testes.
These leydig cells actually
promote testosterone.
They create testosterone.
They are the epicenter
for lack of a better way of saying it.
Well, it’s been shown
that insulin resistance
because if we’re being exposed
to so much insulin that
we become resistant,
can actually end up impeding the ability
to produce leydig cells.
So what that means is that
the brain is still able
to send the signal to say
“Hey, create testosterone,”
but then the leydig cells
never have the opportunity to.
So in essence, the ketogenic diet
affects testosterone in two ways.
It affects it directly with the
foundational fuel that it
needs, the cholesterols,
but then it also stops something
that would normally stand
in the way of the process.
Now this is just the tip of the iceberg.
We’re just seeing that
it’s positive results.
We have to dive more into the research
and we have to wait for more
concrete evidence to come out
as to exactly why this is occurring.
But all we know, is if we give our body
the foundation that it needs,
then it can make what it needs
for a successful, happy life.
As always, keep it locked
in here with Keto Mojo
and make sure if you’re testing,
that you’re leaving the guess
work out of the equation
and leaving your measuring to the meter.
I’ll see you in the next Keto Mojo video.