For years, we believed a magic weight loss pill was a myth, but recent tests are changing popular opinion one test run at a time. Traditional weight management has been strongly structured on the frustratingly simply ‘calorie in calorie out model.’ This is where you consume less calories than you expend in order to lose weight. However, calories do not account for the vastly complex systems that manage our major systems, and as such, are not always a reliable measure of weight loss.
In a European test study, scientists found that men who had Low T lost weight when taking a testosterone supplement. This breakthrough suggests that testosterone plays a key role in how men store fat. When there is a testosterone deficiency, scientists found that estrogen levels increased, which lead to surplus fat storage. This feminized hormone accounts for the soft curves of a woman’s frame. When a man has too much estrogen, his body takes on a feminine appearance.
Over the course of five years, obese men on hormone replacement therapy lost an average of 35 pounds each. Their body mass index also dropped from 34 to 29, moving them from the obese to overweight category. This coincided with improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as lower blood pressure. No other lifestyle changes were made.
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When test subjects were given testosterone, their body corrected the hormone imbalance and was able to reduce the estrogen naturally. As part of this metamorphosis, the men saw an improvement in their cholesterol, triglyceride, and fat levels. Whether testosterone supplements will have the same effect in men who do not have Low T is currently unknown. However, one might theorize that increasing the amount of testosterone will only improve the results across all test subjects. This is in part because the treatment seeks to return men to their true form.
Prof Richard Sharpe from the University of Edinburgh Centre for Reproductive Health said, “The notion that this is a quick fix for obese older men is, as always, simplistic. It is far more sensible and safer for men to reduce their food intake, reduce their obesity, which will then elevate their own testosterone.”
So while the results look promising, the onus is on the word “supplement”. Yes, testosterone potentially blasts fat, but in order to manage your weight, you would still need to incorporate a healthy lifestyle with the traditional exercise and food management treatments. However, for those of you who cannot seem to drop those stubborn pounds, a testosterone supplement may be just what the doctor ordered. In these cases, it seems, you may be given a get out of jail free card.
Testosterone Weight Loss Therapy - Male Menopause?
One question that scientists are now asking is, ‘Do men experience menopause, like woman do?” If the answer is yes, the landscape for mature men could change dramatically. Where many symptoms such as weight gain, depression, anxiety, and feelings of worthlessness are shameful with many men believing they caused these by their actions, a new dialogue may open. The way we treat men’s health may also change with the introduction of testosterone supplements as standard care.
While some experts have linked low testosterone levels to male “menopause”, with symptoms including changes in sleeping patterns, poor concentration, feeling worthless and anxiety, others have found to have no such link.
Whatever the future may hold, testosterone is sure to remain a hot topic. The finding of the preliminary result is promising, and we cannot wait to find out what is next. In the meantime, now is the perfect time to start an open discussion with your doctor about testosterone levels. Who knows, maybe your Low T is accountable for those stubborn pounds? If you are unsure what to ask, Web MD put together the top 6 questions men should ask their doctor.