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Overweight? Testosterone May Save Your Life

Note: If you are an overweight man, I am talking to you, so I am writing this article for you in the second person. This article should not be considered medical advice. If you have any follow up concerns or questions, you can contact my office or your physician.

Obesity is an epidemic. Among adult men, 70% are overweight. When you are overweight, you are likely to have increased visceral fat. This is fat around the organs such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. This fat is dangerous because visceral fat generates inflammation which leads to many chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer and dementia.

Inflammation creates an environment in the blood vessels that promotes clotting. This leads to heart disease and strokes. Another result of your increased visceral fat is development of insulin resistance. This leads to diabetes and all of its medical complications. With the increased fat, your testosterone production is reduced so your testosterone level falls.

A vicious cycle is started. As noted, the increased visceral fat leads to insulin resistance. Thus, there is increased insulin circulating. The insulin leads to increased fat storage. As your fat increases, your insulin resistance worsens and your testosterone level falls further, both of which lead to further increased fat. Unfortunately, this increased fat is a breeding ground for all those chronic diseases. The key point I will discuss is how you can use testosterone to break this vicious cycle.

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, responsible for male sexual development and critical in maintaining your erectile function, libido, normal energy levels and mood. Testosterone also controls a whole range of physiological functions throughout the body. As you reach your 40s, your testosterone levels begin to decline. This decline leads to a reduction in your energy and a slowing of metabolism. Thus, it is very common for you to develop a paunch in your 40s and 50s. This reflects the weight gain that occurs with decreased metabolism.

Multiple studies have shown cardiac benefit from testosterone replacement. Testosterone can improve lipids, raising the good HDL cholesterol while lowering the bad LDL cholesterol. Testosterone improves your metabolism and reduces your visceral fat. By reducing your visceral fat, insulin resistance starts to decrease, and that vicious cycle starts to get reversed. Testosterone starts to eat away at your visceral fat and converts your fat to muscle. This cardiac benefit is why testosterone replacement can save your life.

If you are overweight, you may have low testosterone levels. Because testosterone is a key factor for energy and motivation, if you have low testosterone, you may have low motivation to do something about it and low energy to take the steps necessary to correct the problem. This is another reason testosterone can break the vicious cycle. By taking testosterone, you have improved energy and increased motivation. With this increased energy, you have increased motivation to improve your health.

I do not want to suggest that testosterone will miraculously eliminate all of your excess weight. However, I can confidently tell you that you will lose visceral fat, which is the fat that causes all of those chronic diseases. Furthermore, there is a good chance that if you take testosterone replacement, you will have increased motivation to improve your health. You will feel better with more energy and better mood. As part of that improved energy, you will have a more positive outlook on your health and will want to do more things to take better care of yourself. That includes eating better and exercising more. As your body fat gets converted to muscle with the use of testosterone, you have increased exercise capacity. When you start testosterone replacement, you are more likely to begin workouts because you will tolerate exercise better and have more energy to participate in an exercise program.

The key point is that with excess weight, you may have increased inflammation in your body. Also, you may have insulin resistance, which leads to increased insulin which leads to food craving and further increased body fat. Your decreased testosterone further increases your body fat and more importantly, decreases your motivation and energy to do something about it. The good news is that by taking testosterone, you can start to reverse the cycle by eating away at the body fat and converting it to muscle. This starts to reduce the insulin resistance, which further reduces body fat. This reduces the risk of all the chronic illnesses that can kill you. You will have improved motivation, increased energy and improved mood so you will have a better outlook to improve your health and improve your life.


Dr. Slaten is a wellness physician specializing in regenerative pain treatments and lifestyle counseling. He is certified in advanced bioidentical hormone replacement. You can learn more at his website: www.hormonesnj.com  or call his office at (201) 882-1500.

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