Testosterone, Obesity and Weight Loss
With a steady rise in the number of people who are classified as obese it is no wonder that the medical community is looking for novel approaches to weight loss. Healthy lifestyle changes are recommended but the rate of relapse is high and this is reflected in the ever increasing number of more permanent solutions such as gastric sleeve surgery. It has long been known that obese men tend to have low testosterone levels so this begs the question whether replacing testosterone will result in weight loss. Current data suggests yes and not only does weight loss occur but importantly it is sustained.
Why does replacing testosterone in obese men with low T levels result in weight loss?
- Testosterone regulates muscle production (myogenesis) and inhibits fat production (adipogenesis) which results in a increase in muscle mass and reduction in fat stores.
- Testosterone regulates carbohydrate (sugars), protein and fat metabolism. Improved insulin sensitivity allows the body cells to utilized sugars more efficiently and not store sugars as fat.
- Testosterone therapy improves vigor, energy and libido and reduces fatigue. More physical activity can be achieved to sustain weight loss and improve muscle mass.
Testosterone replacement therapy has been around for the last 75 years but the obesity epidemic is relatively new. Pharmaceutical companies are spending big money on new drugs to treat obesity, but for those overweight men with low T levels why not look at what is naturally missing? Replacing testosterone can result in significant weight loss, reduction in waist circumference and and reduced body mass index which is maintained. Combined with healthy lifestyle choices this could be a winning combination to beat the war on obesity.
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