Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake is associated with low serum testosterone levels among men aged 20–39 years in the United States, according to investigators.
A study of 545 men aged 20–39 years in the United States published in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology showed those in the top quartile of the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverage intake (440 calories or about 36 ounces of soda a day) exhibited a dramatic increased chance of developing low testosterone.
Body mass index (BMI) is also an independent risk factor for low testosterone, and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to poor diet. Men with a BMI of 25 higher also exhibit greater odds of low testosterone compared with those who had a BMI below 25, according to Liang Chen and colleagues from the Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences in Guangzhou, China.
“The effects of SSB consumption on testosterone levels in adult males must be considered if primary and secondary hypogonadism have been ruled out as a source of low testosterone and related symptoms,” the investigators concluded in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology (2018;16:61).
The study cohort had a mean age of 28.9 years. Of the 545 participants, 59 (9.6%) had low testosterone.
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