Men’s testosterone level linked to the childhood lifestyle and environment

A new research found that a men’s testosterone level can be determined by his childhood lifestyle and environment.

The Durham University, United kingdom found that the men who grew up in unhealthy and challenging atmosphere are more likely to have lower testosterone level as compared to the one who lived in healthier environment.

The journal published in Nature and Evolution suggests that testosterone level in a man is controlled by genetics. High level of testosterone is associated with higher risk of prostate enlargement and cancer. A men’s childhood environment can be taken into account when showing his risk profiles.

The research found that men who grew up in a healthier environment reached puberty at younger age and were physically taller than the men who grew up in a challenging environment. These reports are based on the real life experience of a Bangladeshi man who grew up in United Kingdom and found this shocking difference in the level of testosterone as compared to the one in Bangladesh. In an unhealthy environment people face challenges like poor nutrition and they are more likely to come in contact with diseases that may prevent the growth of testosterone level.

Dr. Kesson Magid states that a man’s testosterone level reflects the environment of his childhood. High levels of testosterone have some adverse effect on health and ageing like increased risk of prostate diseases and aggression.. Whereas lower testosterone level results in lack of energy, loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. Men’s testosterone levels are not influenced by the circumstances in their adulthood. Study found that the circumstances or environment in which girls grow can possibly affect their hormone levels, fertility and increased risk of cancer in later life.

Research Source:

Kesson Magid, Robert T. Chatterton, Farid Uddin Ahamed, Gillian R. Bentley. Childhood ecology influences salivary testosterone, pubertal age and stature of Bangladeshi UK migrant menNature Ecology & Evolution, 2018; DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0567-6