The Link Between Low Testosterone and Belly Fat
Posted: November 6, 2014
Belly fat and low testosterone is a bit of a chicken-or-egg situation. Some studies suggest that low testosterone causes excess belly fat, while others claim that excess belly fat contributes to lower testosterone levels. Although the answer is not perfectly clear, there is an obvious link between the two.
Men’s Health reported that a study of 1,822 men by the New England Research Institute confirmed that a man’s waist size is the strongest predictor of low testosterone levels. Because testosterone is the hormone that we generally associate with large, strong, rippling muscles, the study’s conclusions make sense. Testosterone helps build muscle mass; therefore, low levels of testosterone causes you to lose muscle mass. When you lose muscle mass, fat more easily takes its place, giving your body a softer, rounder, more womanly shape.
Adequate levels of testosterone can offset the loss of muscle mass. Even though low testosterone is often a side effect of aging, it can happen at any point in a man’s life. Whether you’re 30, 40, or 90, testosterone is critical to the normal functioning of your body.
Along with excess belly fat, symptoms such as fatigue, depression, weakness, and hair loss can indicate lower-than-normal testosterone levels. If you have any of these symptoms, especially in combination, low testosterone is very probably the culprit.
The good news is low testosterone can be treated with injections, and the medical providers at Low T Center can quickly and easily determine if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you. You don’t have to live with disappearing abs or new pants. Make an appointment to get your numbers checked.
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