Testosterone therapy is thought to be a niche product for controlling low T in men who are suffering from various forms of sexual dysfunction and other side effects that come along with being diagnosed with low testosterone and hypogonadism. However, opinions are starting to change thanks to growing amounts of research into this special hormone and it’s turning testosterone into a “multi-system player”. Key discoveries are marking testosterone as an important metabolic hormone that affects the metabolism of energy and body composition.
There’s lots of talk out there on the effects of using long-term doses of testosterone therapy to control weight loss (and gain) and waist size in men who are classed as obese.
The global economic implications of treating the Obesity epidemic run into the $trillions. An estimated 36% of adult Americans find themselves on the Obesity scale and it looks like the numbers are only rising. The treatments available for reducing instances of obesity might do their job in the short term but have a far less reaching effect on long-term obesity and weight management. If you don’t continually control your lifestyle habits, eating and medications for obesity the effects of obesity reduction can reverse themselves and weight gain occurs.
Many obese men find they also have low testosterone. A recent 8-year study into the long-term effects of testosterone therapy in men who have low T and are on the obesity scale delved into the effects of using testosterone therapy as a way of controlling testosterone levels and obesity.
There are some interesting conclusions to this study.
- Using T therapy continually over the period of 8 years saw continual and sustained reductions in high BMI, body weight and waist circumference. This is regardless of age or stage of obesity.
- Along with helping the level of obesity, testosterone therapy also helped other vitals. These include glycemic control, cholesterol, blood pressure and inflammation. Unsurprisingly, there is overwhelming evidence that the subjects lives improved drastically as a result of improvements on these vital parameters.
- The effects of using testosterone therapy to reduce and control obesity had a better effect on body image and composition that just relying on diet and prescription medication for weight loss.
That’s just the start. For more in-depth analysis of this study and the effects of using long-term testosterone therapy in men with low T and obesity can be found in this article.