Soy Consumption Linked to Limp Sex Life

Soy Consumption Linked to Limp Sex Life
Soy products contain chemicals called isoflavones that can bind with estrogen receptor sites in cells and disrupt reproductive hormone function. Several studies have shown that high soy intake is linked to decreased testosterone levels, but these findings are controversial. Researchers from Harvard Medical School reported the case of a 19-year-old man with type 1 diabetes who experienced decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction when he followed a vegan-type diet high in soy products. He also showed decreases in total and the biologically-active free testosterone, and increases in DHEA (an adrenal steroid that is high in women). Sexual function and testosterone levels returned to normal after the young man resumed a normal mixed diet. This was a case study of only one person, so it is improper to make any broad generalizations based on its findings. (Nutrition, 27: 859-862)

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