Why are men’s testosterone levels continuing to decline?

Extracted from my book – Your New Prime: 30 Days to Better Sex, Eternal Strength, and a Kick-Ass Life After 40

At present, our testosterone levels are under siege. Various factors appear to be pulling our T levels into the gutter—from sedentary jobs to poor diets and lifestyle choices to more ominous influences like environmental toxins. One particularly disturbing study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2007, indicated that men’s testosterone levels plummeted 17 percent from 1987 to 2004—and that’s controlling for health and lifestyle factors, such as obesity and diabetes, that are known to affect T levels. The study found not only that individual men were losing testosterone as they aged (which is fairly normal), but that same-age men from later eras had substantially lower T than their predecessors: a man who turned 65 in 2002, for example, had much lower T than a man who turned 65 in 1987.

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Profile on my “New Prime Program” on LivingHealthy.com

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The Midlife Crisis. It’s when men in their 40s, 50s and 60s start buying fast cars, breaking up marriages, dating young women and acting like they’re trying to relive their 20s, when they were healthier and more energetic. Read More

Appointed to the Advisory Board of “Men’s Health” magazine

Really excited to be appointed to the Advisory Board of Men’s Health magazine this week focusing on 40+ men’s health issues. Some fun projects already in the works for 2016.

CRaig Cooper Mens Health Advisory Board

9 things every man over 40 should be doing

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When I turned 50 in May 2013, I was pretty fortunate. My family was thriving. Professionally, I was doing what I wanted to be doing. And physically, I was fitter than ever.

I was surfing the Maldives, skiing as much powder as I could find, climbing the Grand Tetons, and training regularly with some of the most accomplished athletes in the world.

When my AARP card arrived in the mail, I laughed and shredded it.

In no small part, the life I have now, just a couple of years past my half-century mark, is the result of decades of research into the best ways to achieve and maintain peak health — physical, mental, emotional and sexual — through all stages of life.

Twenty years ago, I embarked on this journey in order to stave off a number of serious medical problems that doctors told me were my genetic destiny, including prostate cancer and diabetes. Now, with my book Your New Prime: 30 Days to Better Sex, Eternal Strength, and a Kick-Ass Life After 40, I’m making it my mission to share what I’ve learned with men of all ages so that they can beat the odds as I did.

Here’s what every man should be doing for optimal health after 40:

Read the full article at MindBodyGreen

Here’s why you need as much vitamin D as possible

Vitamin D is one of the most researched and talked about nutrients, and well it should be. Why? One reason is its long arm of influence: it has an impact on numerous essential bodily functions and conditions. Scientists keep discovering more information about how this unique vitamin—which is the only one the body produces by exposing the skin to sunlight—can affect our health.

Another reason why this nutrient is a hot topic is that vitamin D deficiency is common which, given its critical role in overall health, is a big concern. I’m most interested in vitamin D for other reasons: its involvement in increasing testosterone levels in men, and in preventing some of the chronic diseases that threaten us as we age.

Before I tackle the relationship between vitamin D, testosterone, and overall men’s health, here are some basics: Read More

Here’s why I don’t drink juice…

There’s a lot of hype about the health benefits of cold-pressed juices. Pretty much every health store is selling them but the truth is, they’re not really that good for you. They’re also expensive, environmentally wasteful, and can actually be counter to a healthy lifestyle.

So the next time you consider forking out $10-$15 for a cold-pressed juice at Whole Foods – try and remember the following: Read More

My PLAYBOY interview

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Cooper’s journey to wellness is chronicled in his new book, “Your New Prime: 30 Days to Better Sex, Eternal Strength, and a Kick-Ass Life After 40.” Here’s Cooper’s take on aging gracefully, his own health battles, and why men of a certain age should get their shit together. Click here for the full interview.

12 reasons to eat more coconut fat

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Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat, a fat long considered to be unhealthy. Yet coconut oil is being touted as one of the healthiest oils you can consume. What’s wrong with this picture?

Unlike most other sources of saturated fat, including vegetable and seed oils and animal fat, which consist mainly of long-chain triglycerides, coconut oil is made up primarily of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). It turns out that chain size makes all the difference when it comes to your health.

Compared with long-chair triglycerides, the medium variety are absorbed and metabolized by the body differently. These differences are part of the reason coconut oil has been credited with a wide range of health benefits. Here are 12 of them: Read More