TRT Boosts Weight Loss for Prediabetic Men
Posted: May 17, 2023
More than 30% of adults in the United States have prediabetes. Prediabetes increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Diabetes and low testosterone can impact each other in a negative ongoing cycle. A recent scientific study showed that men with obesity and type 2 diabetes also have a high probability of experiencing low T. The same study also found that men whose testosterone levels were already low had a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, particularly as low T can also contribute to weight gain.
Because diabetes and low T are so interlinked, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a tool that can help improve both of these conditions. For prediabetic men with low testosterone, TRT is not only effective in restoring hormone levels, but also helps increase muscle mass and reduce body fat. Losing weight and getting regular physical activity can significantly lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for men with prediabetes. Men with prediabetes who lose around 10 percent of their body weight within six months of a prediabetic diagnosis significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next three years.
If you are prediabetic and experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, our team is here to help. Make an appointment today to get your testosterone tested and get a customized treatment plan from our healthcare providers.
Prediabetes Can Lead to Serious Health Issues
Prediabetes is a health condition where the blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. It’s estimated that around 96 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, and men are more likely to be affected by it than women. This condition can be a precursor to type 2 diabetes, which is a serious health issue that affects over 422 million people worldwide.
Prediabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as kidney disease, nerve damage, and blindness. The good news is that by taking proactive steps to counteract the risk factors of prediabetes, you can help prevent it from progressing to a full onset of diabetes. Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and weight loss can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes and its associated health complications.
Common symptoms of prediabetes include:
- Increased thirst
- Blurred vision
- Frequent urination
The impact of prediabetes on your daily life can be significant, affecting your energy levels, mood, and overall well-being. That’s why taking steps to improve this condition is so important, especially in regard to maximizing your weight loss.
Testosterone Replacement Can Improve Weight Loss
TRT may make it easier to lose weight by decreasing fat and increasing muscle mass. Research has shown a clear relationship between hormone levels and weight in men. Many studies indicate that testosterone replacement can increase weight loss for men with low testosterone. To reduce your risk of diabetes, your starting goal should be to lose at least 5% to 7% of your body weight.
One study observed 100 obese men with low testosterone for 56 weeks. All men were on a reduced-calorie diet. One group did not take testosterone, and the other group received testosterone injections. The men in the testosterone replacement group lost an average of 6.4 more pounds than the untreated group.
One reason TRT may help prediabetic men with weight loss is that it encourages your body to get rid of extra fat. Low testosterone increases the amount of fat that your body stores, even if your weight is within a healthy range. TRT can help maintain a healthier body composition. While it helps you lose extra fat, it also helps build muscle at the same time. This is important as middle aged men with obesity tend to lose both fat and muscle when they diet for weight loss.
Another study monitored men with low testosterone who were on a strict reduced-calorie diet for 56 weeks. One group received TRT and the other did not. Both groups lost an average of 24 pounds. However, the testosterone group lost almost exclusively fat, while the other group lost both fat and muscle.
It is worth noting that TRT is not a treatment for weight loss, but has significant weight loss benefits for men with low T who are also experiencing prediabetic symptoms. Overall, understanding the link between hormone levels and weight management in prediabetic men can lead to more effective weight loss strategies.
A Healthy Diet and Exercise Plan Can Boost Your Weight Loss
For men with prediabetes, achieving weight loss isn’t just about cutting calories and spending time at the gym. A healthy diet and exercise regime has a positive impact on your overall health and well-being, as well as lowering your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
Incorporating nutrient-dense foods like leafy greens, whole grains, and lean protein sources into your diet can keep you feeling full and energized throughout the day. Pairing this with regular exercise, such as strength training or cardiovascular workouts, can elevate your weight loss efforts by boosting your metabolism and burning off excess fat.
However, low testosterone can cause many symptoms that make it hard to follow a healthy lifestyle. Low T symptoms can hold men back from doing what they need to do to lose weight. For instance, moodiness and diminished energy levels are common issues for men with low testosterone, making it very difficult to stay motivated to eat healthier or to work out. Subsequently, your body may crave high calorie, sugary foods to try to get a boost of energy. Due to low energy levels, you might also find yourself skipping the gym more often. TRT can help boost your mood and energy so it’s easier to stay committed to healthy habits.
TRT is the Most Effective Testosterone Option for Prediabetic Men
Weight loss is a key step toward reducing the risks associated with prediabetes. As the only FDA-approved testosterone treatment available, TRT offers significant benefits for men who have low levels of testosterone, are prediabetic, and are struggling with weight loss. While helping rebalance testosterone levels, TRT also helps decrease fat and increase lean muscle mass. Having more muscle increases your metabolism, as muscle burns more calories than fat. As such, you’re burning more calories by simply having more lean muscle mass in your body.
Low T Center is committed to helping men take control of their health and well-being. Through our tailored services and personalized approach, we aim to provide men with the knowledge and resources they need for making lasting changes for a healthier life. Contact LowT Center today to learn more about how testosterone replacement therapy can help you reach your weight loss goals for better health.
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