The Intersection of Testosterone, Body Fat, and Weight

Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on February 3rd, 2021
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As men get older, it becomes more difficult to stay in shape.

It's common (and unfortunately natural, to a certain extent) for even relatively fit men to struggle to maintain their fitness as they get older.

Hormone Imbalance is perhaps the most powerful contributing factor to age-related issues with body composition. While declining Growth Hormone Levels and Increasing Insulin Resistance can play a role, declining Testosterone Production creates a huge roadblock for men looking to get fit or stay fit.

Testosterone is a potent anabolic steroid that contributes to men's heightened basal metabolism. While women also produce Testosterone, the much higher volume of Testosterone produced by men is the primary reason why men tend to have a lower body fat percentage than women.

Testosterone encourages the accumulation of lean muscle mass, which has high levels of fat-burning power.

While it's true that Testosterone helps ward off body fat, all you have to do is look around you to see that Testosterone alone doesn't lead to male physical fitness. Excess body fat has a suppressive effect on Testosterone Levels that can have a devastating impact on overall male health and vitality.

Risks Associated With Low-T

While Erectile Dysfunction and Low Libido are the most well-known effects of Testosterone Deficiency, the story doesn't end there. Males with Low-T are more likely to develop Type-2 Diabetes.

This is the case even for men that are not significantly overweight, and the risk increases dramatically as BMI increases.

Testosterone is also critical to bone mineral density, and long-term Testosterone Deficiency reduces bone strength and increases the likelihood of bone fractures and breaks. Healthy Testosterone Levels are also crucial for a strong heart and a cardiovascular system that can survive life-threatening events like congestive heart failure.

Balanced Testosterone is shown to protect against Atherosclerosis. There's even evidence that Low-T is connected with Alzheimer's disease and general cognitive decline.

As you can see, Testosterone is not only associated with strength, energy, and less fat but also provides lifelong benefits that can help you live better, longer.

Excess Body Fat Suppresses Testosterone

While it's true that Testosterone helps ward off obesity, excess body fat also has a negative impact on Testosterone Levels, increasing the risk of Low-T. Specifically, fat cells secrete aromatase, which takes circulating Testosterone and converts it into Estrogen.

While some Estrogen is necessary for normal physiological function in men, obesity tips the scales (literally and figuratively) unnaturally to the unbalanced production of the feminine hormone.

This imbalance suppresses the volume of Testosterone in Circulation and contributes to the adverse effects associated with Low-T that we mentioned above.

Human evolution has long favored body fat storage to promote the propagation of the species. In the time of plenty that we live in today, our biological programming for fat build-up has some frustrating downsides.

More fat means less Testosterone, less strength, and more fatigue. It takes a lot more work to lose weight than it did to gain it in the first place, and it erodes the masculine benefits of Testosterone.

Interested In A Leaner and Healthier Life? Testosterone Therapy Can Help!

The combination of Low-T and Obesity can be hard to shake. Sometimes, diet and exercise aren't enough. Bio-Identical Testosterone may be able to help you lose weight. Testosterone Deficiency and Obesity both have significant short-term and long-term implications.

Depending on your current health status and age, you may benefit greatly from Hormone Replacement Therapy with Testosterone. Your eligibility can be determined by a physical and blood test!

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