Is low T your problem? Take the quiz

Low energy? Not feeling like sex? It could be low testosterone.

Take the following quiz to see if you have any of the symptoms…

In the last three to seven years:


  1. Has a physician diagnosed you with low testosterone?
  2. Has your sex drive dropped?
  3. Have your erections decreased in frequency and quality?
  4. Have you lost noticeable amounts of strength or muscle mass?
  5. Have you gained more than ten pounds?
  6. Have you had difficulty maintaining a stable weight?
  7. Has your energy dropped?
  8. Have you found it necessary to shave less often?
  9. Do you feel less engaged, committed, and excited by your career, family or hobbies?
  10. If you are trying to conceive, have you and your partner had a difficult time becoming pregnant, or have you been diagnosed with a low sperm count?
  11. Do you feel less sharp and focused?
  12. Has your mood gotten worse?
  13. Have you contracted diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
  14. Do you routinely sleep less than seven hours a night?
  15. Do you often feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed?
  16. Do you avoid exercise?
  17. Do you consume soy products (tofu, soymilk, protein powders containing soy) more than once a week?
  18. Do you drink out of plastic bottles containing BPA?
  19. Do you consume foods containing environmental toxins such as inorganic meats?
  20. Do you use self-care products that contain environmental toxins? (Look for unpronounceable chemical names, particularly in shampoo.)
  21. Do you avoid social situations, particularly those involving meeting new people?
  22. Do you eat a low-carb or low-fat diet?

Any “yes” answers to questions 1–13 indicate that your testosterone levels may be dropping or have dropped

Any “yes” answers to questions 14–22 suggest that you may be in danger of causing your T levels to decline.

Don’t panic

There are things you can do to boost your testosterone and start feeling like yourself again. For starters…

Cold Therapy: Currently there’s no hardcore science to back the practice of cold therapy for boosting testosterone production or low T treatment. But I believe in it enough that I spend my days on the verge of being cold some way or another. Here’s why: In a three-year study of 6,455 men, researchers found that sperm volume, quality, and motility were significantly higher during the winter months. Because the same hormones involved in sperm production also affect testosterone, it seems that cold may help boost testosterone manufacturing as well. Consider an ice bath.

Take selected supplements: You may be familiar with commercials and ads for supplements that claim to raise testosterone levels. Unfortunately, many of those promises are not true. However, there are certain natural supplements that have been shown to help boost testosterone levels, including beta-sitosterol, branched-chain amino acids, fenugreek, green tea extract, magnesium, and vitamin D, and zinc.

Have sex often: Frequent participation in sexual activity can raise your testosterone levels. An investigative team evaluated the saliva samples of a group of men and found those who participated in sex recently showed a 72 percent increase in testosterone levels.

Read more tips and information about how to boost low testosterone naturally in my book: “Your New Prime: 30 Days to Better Sex, Eternal Strength, and a Kick Ass Life After 40”.

Craig Cooper

By Craig Cooper

Craig Cooper is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and TV host of CNBC's "Adventure Capitalists". He is an “Ambassador” for both the global men’s health foundation “Movember” and 2XU, the performance sportswear company. He is the author of the Harper Collins book “Your New Prime: 30 Days to Better Sex, Eternal Strength, and a Kick-Ass Life After 40“. Follow Craig on Instagram @craigcooperrrr and Facebook.