Low Testosterone affects millions of men in the US, but it is often overlooked. The symptoms may be vague and written off as just plain being tired or getting old. While sex drive and performance are affected by Low Testosterone, there are other reasons to look into your testosterone levels other than being unable to “hit one out of the park.”
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Low sex drive, libido, and erectile dysfunction
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Decreased muscle mass
- Increased body fat mass
- Osteoporosis – low bone mineral density
- Loss of body hair – decreased need to shave
- Poor concentration
Causes of Low Testosterone
- Primary – Testicular failure. Not terribly common, but needs to be identified and treated correctly.
- Secondary – More common. Many medications can contribute to low testosterone levels.
- Normogonadotropic Hypogonadism – Becoming more and more common. Excess body fat and obesity are the most common causes in this category.
Overweight and obese men are more than twice as likely to have Low Testosterone than men of “normal” weight. Belly fat (visceral fat) has increased aromatase activity which increases Estrogen production. Increased Estrogen leads to man boobs and low testosterone levels. Increased visceral fat also causes increases in inflammation and leptin resistance. (Leptin is your body’s “I’m Full” hormone). Both of these factors lower Leutinizing Hormone, which then lowers testosterone levels. Low testosterone subsequently increases lipoprotein lipase activity (allowing fat to enter and get stored in the fat cells), which leads to a bigger belly than chest, which lowers testosterone levels even more, which leads to an even bigger belly than chest which lowers testosterone levels more, which leads to a bigger belly than chest…(see the trend here?)
Benefits of Raising Your Testosterone Levels
- Improves how your body uses insulin and reduces insulin resistance
- Lowers visceral fat (decreases your beer gut and associated evils)
- Improves lean body mass (makes you more dense)
- Improves bio-markers of cardiovascular disease
- Improves mood
- Increases energy
- Reduces fatigue
- Weight loss – both directly and as a result the other benefits of boosting testosterone
If your belly is larger than your chest, or if you have any of the symptoms of Low Testosterone listed above, you should be screened for Low Testosterone. Treatment options include Testosterone Boosting Treatments to increase your own testosterone production or Testosterone Replacement Therapy. At Strong Weight Loss, we get to the bottom of Low Testosterone and treat the cause, not just the testosterone level. Testosterone Boosting Therapy and Testosterone Replacement Therapy are just a few of the tools we use to aid in reversing obesity and weight related disorders.