As men age, their testosterone levels naturally drop. Some side effects of this occurrence – such as a decreased sex drive – have been widely publicized. However, there are other alterations, such as lower energy levels and less successful results at the gym – that may not be quite as well-known.
Many men with low testosterone levels are bound to find that they simply can’t build muscle mass in the same way that they used to. And, recently, medical researchers from McMaster University in Montreal have come up with a proposal: Eat more meat. According to ScienceDaily, the scientists posit that the suggested daily amount of protein among middle-aged men doesn’t account for age-related muscle loss. Instead, it is based solely on what an individual needs to avoid a deficiency.
The participants in the study were all middle-aged men who were required to eat a certain amount of lean ground beef as a part of their daily diet that exceeded the daily recommended intake, as defined by the Canadian government. To establish the impact of this increase, the scientists monitored the rate of muscle protein synthesis (MPS) in a group of middle-aged men after they had engaged in rigorous exercises.
“Researchers determined […] that the quantity of beef needed for optimal MPS for this age group is double the current recommended serving size of meat,” the source reports.
However, before increasing the amount of meat you consume, it is important to consider how this adjustment will affect your health in other ways. Before making any dramatic changes to your diet, it is best to speak to a licensed nutritionist or anti-aging doctor about the risks and benefits.
If you’re a middle-aged man and have noticed that your workout sessions simply don’t accomplish what they once did, you may also want to consider scheduling a consultation at Longevity Centres of America. We offer testosterone replacement therapy and other treatments that can promote aging longevity.