Is your beer belly causing low testosterone levels?
Let’s face it guys, the days of that beer gut making you “pleasingly plump,” are long gone. Not only is all that extra belly fat not exactly attractive, it can negatively impact your health in many ways.
Some health problems of being overweight are obvious. You have increased risk of heart disease, increased risk of diabetes, and an overall increased risk of dying younger. But some of the other health problems caused by excess fat, particularly belly fat, are a little less well known.
For example did you know that your beer belly may be contributing to low testosterone, also known as “Low T,” and vice versa?
Links Between Testosterone Levels and Belly Fat
It’s natural for testosterone levels to drop as you get older. As men hit middle-age that is also the time they tend to put on a little more around the middle.
Studies have found that fat, but in particular, visceral adipose tissue – the fancy name for “belly fat,” interferes with testosterone production, and we also know that low testosterone slows fat metabolism.
As you get older, this becomes kind of a vicious cycle of declining testosterone, and increasing belly fat, and so on, and so on…
In fact, a study of nearly 2000 men conducted by the New England Research Institutes concluded that the size of a man’s waste, was the single strongest predictor of his likelihood of low testosterone. Similar studies have also found that a big belly in men is a strong predictor of a condition known as “symptomatic androgen deficiency,” or AD.
AD is a more advanced form of low testosterone that is characterized by low libido, erectile dysfunction, bone loss, lethargy and depression.
The Massachusetts Male Aging Study (MMAS), conducted in the 1980’s and 1990’s, found that the prevalence of symptomatic androgen deficiency in American males was between 6-12%.
And, it gets worse. That belly can be impacting your love life, in many more ways than you think! That big belly of yours may not make you a hit with the ladies, it can make you more like the ladies.
Studies have also found that increased belly fat in men not only lowers testosterone production, but leads to an increase in estradiol in the blood. Estradiol is a “female hormone” and its increase can have “womanizing effects.” This is because belly fat contains an enzyme known as aromatase. Aromatase converts testosterone into estrogens, and estrogen like compounds.
The bottom line is, that big belly of yours should be telling you more than that you should not be wearing a speedo. Belly fat can lead to some very serious health problems, not the least of which is low testosterone.
Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
Of course, diet and exercise are the best ways to fight belly fat, and indeed boost your testosterone levels.
But, if you are a man over 40, and you are finding that despite eating right and working out, you just cannot get rid of that spare tire, it could be because you are not producing enough testosterone.
In addition to help you fight the “battle of the bulge,” testosterone therapy can:
- Help you feel younger and stronger
- Improve your love life
- Help you get enough sleep
- Fight anxiety, depression and other mood swings
- Increase energy and stamina
- Improve memory and cognition
But, the only way to know if you have low testosterone, also known as “Low T” is to have your testosterone levels checked, and evaluated by a qualified professional at our Testosterone Miami office or nationwide.