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Low Testosterone
    My Health Report
  • on Nov 03, 2015 |

Testosterone & Belly Fat

Most men are aware that testosterone is important to their health and sexual vitality, but many are not aware that if they are carrying excess abdominal fat, their testosterone levels may have dropped.
Research is finding that not only does obesity in men cause lower testosterone levels, these lowered levels can then in turn, lead to an additional weight gain.
Abdominal fat in men increases the conversion of testosterone into hormone estrogen. As the estrogen levels rise, so does the accumulation of abdominal fat. This extra estrogen then triggers a decrease in the production of testosterone; the less testosterone the body makes, the more belly fat accumulates and the more estrogen is created. Along with potentially lowered self-esteem and motivation, there are a wide range of health risks that become a part of this cycle.
Low testosterone levels have been linked to sexual dysfunction, decreased energy, depression and reduced muscle mass. It also plays a significant role in increased body inflammation and how the body balances glucose and insulin, increasing the risk for diabetes.
All men, not only those who are overweight, would benefit from knowing their testosterone levels. Testosterone is important not only because it can affect the quality of life and relationships, but because of how closely it relates to significant health risks. Supporting decreased testosterone levels with lifestyle changes can help to maintain sexual vitality and support optimal health.