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Does Caffeine affect Testosterone and DHT?

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Can Caffeine Affect Testosterone and DHT Levels? Research suggests that the effects of caffeine on testosterone and DHT (dihydrotestosterone) can vary depending on how it is used.


When applied topically, caffeine may block the effects of DHT. However, excessive consumption of caffeine can actually increase DHT levels.


A study conducted in 2012 and published in the International Journal of Experimental Pathology found that rats exposed to a chronic low dose of caffeine from puberty to adulthood experienced an increase in both testosterone and DHT.


It is important to note that this study also mentioned the potential risk of benign prostate enlargement associated with chronic low-dose caffeine intake in rats, which can have various side effects.


In summary, it is advisable to enjoy your coffee by drinking it rather than applying it on your face. However, moderation is key to prevent potential adverse effects.


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