Weight loss can give obese men a rise in testosterone levels
27th June 2012
Results from a study into diabetes conducted by Irish-based doctors were delivered on Monday night at The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. Doctors from Dublin analysed almost 900 males for their ‘Diabetes Prevention Program’. The men who were involved in the study had an average age of 54 years old and all had prediabetes, which means they were at a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and also at a good risk of developing heart disease. Prediabetes is also known by other names such as non-diabetic hyperglycaemia and impaired glucose tolerance. It is common knowledge that if you are overweight you are more at risk of developing diabetes. Men who are at risk of the disease can drastically reduce their chance of getting diabetes through weight loss and overweight men are also at a higher chance of having low testosterone levels. With this in mind, study co-author Frances Hayes and colleagues decided to further investigate the correlation between weight loss and testosterone levels. They decided to ignore men who had been prescribed medicine that could potentially conflict with their testosterone levels, or those who had previously been diagnosed with hypogonadism. This is a term for when the sex glands lack the ability to effectively produce hormones. The men recruited for the study were segregated into three parties. The first group consisted of 293 men and these were instructed to begin 150 minutes of exercise each week, eating fewer calories and a low-fat diet. The second group included 305 men and they were given the diabetes medication metformin and finally the last group of 293 men were given a placebo to take. After a year of their respective programs, it was found that the incidence of low testosterone in both the groups taking metformins and placebos was mostly unchanged. The numbers slightly decreased from 24.8% to 23.8% and 25.6% to 24.6% for each group respectively. However, most change was noted in those who had made alterations to their lifestyle, with this group seeing a massive reduction in low testosterone; down to 11% from an initial 20% at the beginning of the study. Dr Hayes gave her view on the results, “Doctors should first encourage overweight men with low testosterone levels to try to lose weight through diet and exercise before resorting to testosterone therapy to raise their hormone levels. Losing weight not only reduces the risk of prediabetic men progressing to diabetes but also appears to increase their body’s production of testosterone.” It appears then that we can conclude weight loss has many benefits to obese middle-aged men. Obviously it will probably boost their confidence with the opposite of sex but it seems getting rid of your love handles can also boost sex drive, give you a stronger erection and improve your sperm count. If you are suffering from erectile problems and are interested in receiving information on the vast range of treatments available at Medical Specialists Pharmacy, you can click here. The medications we provide for male impotence can be obtained with or without a private prescription, and pending approval from one of our registered Doctors, can arrive to you within a mere 24 hours. Prices start from as little as £29.97 for 4 Viagra tablets. We also have Cialis, Levitra and Levitra ODT at great prices too.