Low Testosterone & Obesity
If you have low testosterone levels it may very well be because you are overweight.
You might not think that the 2 things would be linked, but they in fact are. Check our the article from NPR.
It is in fact a top indicator of men with Low T. That is, if a guy has Low T , chances are he is obese.
But why is this so? The fatty tissue in our body and particularly in our abdominal region, well turn any testosterone into estradiol. This is the female hormone. So not only are you losing testosterone, you are gaining female hormones. Probably not what you were looking for, right?
Can losing weight help bring back testosterone levels? You bet. In fact, one study on men who had bariatric surgery found that when their weight dropped, their testosterone increased. This is very good news! Well, unless you have no intentions of losing the extra weight.
The only real way to know if you suffer from low testosterone is by a test from your doctor. You may have symptoms such as: fatigue, less interest in sex, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, etc. But the only way to know for sure is via a blood test.
Make sure you know about this blood test though. Don’t have your doctor test your levels in the middle of the afternoon and give you results.
Why is this? Did you know that your testosterone levels are the highest in the morning? Actually, they are highest between 8 am – 10 am.
So if your doctor tests you at 3 pm and says you have low testosterone, I would request a follow up test in the morning hours.
In fact, no matter what you should have 2 tests to confirm results since these levels fluctuate so much.
As a matter of fact, testosterone is a hormone that goes high to low more so than any other hormone. So to take one value and diagnose is not truly accurate.
Keep informed and you are always better off!
Here is a video that talks about how testosterone supplements can help obese men lose weight.