Obese older men with low testosterone levels can lose weight by taking supplements of the male hormone, according to the findings of a new study.
In a test group of 115 testosterone-deficient men with a mean age of 61, hormone injections over five years yielded an average weight loss of 16 kilograms (35 pounds), said the study presented to the European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France.
The mean waist circumference fell from 107 centimetres (42 inches) to 98 cm (38.5 inches).
Raising serum testosterone to normal reduced body weight, waist circumference and blood pressure, and improved metabolic profiles.
The improvements were progressive over the five years of the study. Increased testosterone levels improve energy and motivation to do physical exercise and more movement in general; testosterone also increases lean body mass (fat free mass), increasing the energy used by patients. So now is time to check your testosterone!