It is now understood that there is a direct link between obesity and low testosterone levels – news that will be of interest to millions of men with low-T. Men who are obese are more likely to have low testosterone and men with low testosterone are also more likely to become obese. Recent studies show that the link in not only present in older men – young men who are obese are also at greater risk of low testosterone levels.
Why Is Obesity Linked to Low Testosterone Levels?
Scientists aren’t exactly sure why obesity may cause low testosterone. However, it is known that fat cells tend to convert testosterone to estrogen, which lowers testosterone levels. In addition, obesity leads to low levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) – this hormone carries testosterone around the blood supply. It could also be the case that when you lose weight you have more energy to exercise – exercise raises testosterone levels.
Does Losing Weight Raise Testosterone Levels?
Yes, losing weight by exercising and following a testosterone-friendly, healthy diet can increase your testosterone levels. In addition, if you are obese and you are taking testosterone replacement therapy then you can expect a small amount of weight loss, according to studies.
It used to be thought that age caused low testosterone levels but now experts believe that it is weight that plays a more important role – men tend to put on weight as they age.
What Can You Do?
If you are concerned about your weight, see a doctor or specialist to find out your BMI and your healthy weight. Draw up a plan to lose weight safely, and to include exercise in the weight loss regime. Your BMI is a measurement of your body fat based on your height and your weight, and it is a more appropriate definition of obesity than simply weight alone. A BMI of over 25 is considered overweight. Remember that it is important to lose weight in a controlled way, otherwise you risk putting the weight back on or losing too much weight. Being underweight is also linked with low testosterone levels.
Professional Help for Low Testosterone Levels
Find out more by scheduling a consultation with a testosterone specialist and discover how you can benefit your health and your testosterone levels through therapy and lifestyle.