Weight loss is a problem faced by both men and women. Men though may face different issues concerning this dilemma. This may also lead to low testosterone levels at one point in their lives.
Hormone levels play an important role in both weight gain and weight loss of the body. Males who have low testosterone levels are more likely to be obese and find it hard to lose weight. He must change his eating habit and lifestyle in order to improve the amount of his testosterone in his bloodstream. Age can also affect the level of testosterone in a male’s body which affects weight loss too.
Importance of Testosterone to the Male Body
As mentioned by Mayo Clinic, testosterone helps maintain several functions and systems of the men’s body which include muscle mass and strength, bone density, fat distribution, production of red blood cell and sexual function. Men with low levels of testosterone whether due to aging or endocrine problems gain weight and got hard time of losing his existing weight. For this reason if men intend to lose weight and having problems, he is advised to have his testosterone levels checked.
Weight and Testosterone
A study was conducted which involved obese men around 20 to 60 of age and according to the Archives of Andrology, these men had significantly high insulin levels and had low testosterone levels than men with normal weight. This suggests that fat has greater effect on testosterone level rather than aging.
Testosterone and Missed Meals
The American Journal of Human Biology states that young men who missed even just one evening meal will have low levels of testosterone in the morning. This shows that omitting meals or minimizing food intake seriously to lose weight can adversely affect levels of testosterone. Male testosterone levels respond to fasting which includes even less than 24 hours.
Obese men, according to the Department of Internal Medicine at Helsinki University Central Hospital, if they lose weight, may show that their testosterone levels will increase. A study which involved 38 middle-aged men who undergo low energy diet showed that those men who lost weight increased their HDL cholesterol and testosterone. Though men with low testosterone levels find it hard to lose weight, keeping it off may be easier because of hormonal changes that come with weight loss.
Testosterone therapy can treat lowered testosterone levels in men. The same is true with weight gain, sexual dysfunction and sleep pattern changes that accompany the condition. This therapy, according to Mayo Clinic can cause breathing problems during sleeping, enlarged breasts, prostate growth but not cancerous and some skin conditions. It also minimizes sperm counts and cause shrinkage of testicles and this therapy must be used under doctor’s supervision.
Weight loss issues are contributory to lowered testosterone levels. Even when this is the case, it is still better not to get a testosterone therapy right away just to solve the problem. You still need the help of your physician in this case. He’s the right person to address this particular concern.