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How does soy affect testosterone?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Jury is still out

Recall that soy (protein) has been recommended as an alternative to estrogen to treat menopause in women.
In men, estrogen (estradiol) decreases testosterone production. Therefore, if a guy ingests a lot of something that increases estrogen in his body, this could potentially decrease testosterone level. So while this is conjecture, read your ingredient labels carefully!

In brief: Jury is still out

Recall that soy (protein) has been recommended as an alternative to estrogen to treat menopause in women.
In men, estrogen (estradiol) decreases testosterone production. Therefore, if a guy ingests a lot of something that increases estrogen in his body, this could potentially decrease testosterone level. So while this is conjecture, read your ingredient labels carefully!
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Dr. Stephen Chinn
Soy is a source of phytoestrogens: although estrogens are "female" hormones, they can suppress testosterone production resulting in "low "T"". In fact, the original treatment for prostate cancer (aside from bilateral orchiectomy) was DES. It is noted, however, that doses higher than 3 mg are associated with increased cardiovascular risks.
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