Men undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT, know that the effects of their therapy will help to alleviate the symptoms of low-T in their body. Symptoms like loss of muscle mass, loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depression, enlarged breasts and many others.
The longer the low testosterone symptoms persist without treatment, the more problems could occur. These include lower bone density that could lead to osteoporosis, plus diabetes, high blood pressure and other ongoing health problems. Only a blood test can confirm the presence of low testosterone, and you should discuss your symptoms with your healthcare provider. Most physicians will want to be sure that your symptoms are due to low-T.
But surprising new benefits of TRT has come to light, according to one study – sustainable weight loss. And the key is “sustainable,” so it’s not just a momentary fluke, but could also be a long-term benefit.
Significant Clinical Results
Data that links testosterone replacement therapy to decreased fat mass and a lean body mass is of great importance for weight loss strategies. The men involved in the study saw remarkable clinical results, with significant and sustained weight loss, a key reduction in their waist size and an overall improvement in body composition. Another major benefit was an improvement in their overall quality of life.
Lower testosterone levels in men are common after they reach the age of 50, as the body begins to produce less and less of the hormone. It’s a function of age, and as long as the symptoms are mild, no intervention is required. But when the symptoms begin to impact their lives, TRT is an appropriate course of treatment.
Many doctors feel more studies are needed before they’d be comfortable prescribing TRT for weight loss. But the results of the current study are significant, and certainly point in that direction. And here’s something else to consider: fat reduction reduces testosterone levels. We’re talking about low fat diets, especially saturated fats that help to lower testosterone levels. But monosaturated fats like olive oil helped to increase testosterone levels.
Another testosterone loss trigger is stress. People who go on diets that end up starving themselves find those diets extremely stressful to maintain. Stress causes an increase in cortisol in the bloodstream, and as you might have already guessed, cortisol causes a decrease in testosterone levels in the body.
Your Waistline May be the Problem!
A large waist circumference is one of the key culprits in lower testosterone levels in men. According to a study conducted by the New England Research Institutes (NERI), a man’s waist circumference is the strongest indicator of low testosterone levels in their body.
Here’s why: belly fat contains aromatase, which is an enzyme that changes testosterone into estrogen – a female sex hormone. Extra estrogen levels cause a response that actually slows down the body’s production of testosterone. Unfortunately, the more belly fat you have, the less testosterone that is produced by your body.
Strategies for Success
So what can you do? Start by getting rid of that belly! Exercise and proper dieting are keys to tackling that belly fat and are critical to help reverse the reduction of testosterone in your body.
Your healthcare provider will confirm this using a blood test, and the sooner you start TRT, the sooner you’ll not only alleviate your symptoms, there’s a good chance that it will help you begin undergoing sustainable weight loss as well.