If you Google "Testosterone and diet" you will come up with tons of information on how a high carb (50-60%) diet promotes high T levels, and how conversely a low carb diet will cause them to sink.
However, it is also known that Insulin severely suppresses Testosterone. Surely (especially in an IR individual) someone with that high amount of carbs is going to be spiking his insulin throughout the day? If so how is this percentage optimal for T levels.
I wonder what the T forums think personally about the optimaly testosterone diet, so to speak. I know that high fats (especially mono and saturated) encourages T production. I have also read that the paleo diet (low carb) has actually boosted the T production (e.g sex drive) of many of its followers, which is in STARK CONTRAST to all of the publicized studies.
Two hours after glucose administration, the testosterone level remained much lower than before the test in 73 of the 74 men, a statistically significant difference, the authors reported. Of the 66 men who had normal testosterone levels before the test, 10 (15 percent) became hypogonadal at one or more time points during the test.
The results did not differ by changes in insulin levels, according to the abstract. Other hormones that could change testosterone measurements also did not appear to affect results. Hayes said more research is needed to find the factor or factors responsible for this drop in testosterone.
Because glucose intake, and likely food, decreases testosterone, she said, "This research supports the notion that men found to have low testosterone levels should be reevaluated in the fasting state."
Now, I'm not a doctor (but I do stay at Holiday Inn Expresses once in awhile), but from my perspective, if I was even worried about insulin/testosterone relationships to diet, then I would focus on controlling insulin.
Because there are LOTS of studies/info on how insulin is affected by diet and it's directly affected and easily measurable.
Testosterone? If you have low T, like chronic clinically low T, then diet might be an avenue to correct it, but certainly not without the help of someone who specializes in it. Seems like a nice conversation to ponder while smoking whisky, but from a practical standpoint seems pointless to worry about.
There are so many other variables to consider than just I:T in a vacuum. The human body just isn't that simple.
Eating lots of Eggs/Steak/Chicken/Potatoes >>>>>>> Hypothetical Insulin:Testosterone ratio (In my non-medical opionion).
^ Yeah but the cortisol you release by worrying about shit like this will hinder any gains all that extra T could give you.
Srsly, who cares. I'm THOROUGHLY convinced that all this bro-knowledge does little more than screw up the newbs (I was like this for many-a-moons). All these 'articles' distract new-jacks from doing what they need to do:
Hit the weights fucking HARD
Eat enough food to grow
Shut up and listen
If SteelyD, Prof X, K-Man, Bonez, etc are all saying to shut up and eat, maybe they're on to something.