When noticing a little extra weight around the midsection, the immediate assumption is most likely “I need to eat better and work out more” rather than “My hormones must be off.” Yet, hormone imbalance may be a major contributor to challenges in losing weight and keeping it off. In fact, obesity is one of the common health risks associated with Low T. What’s the connection between weight and hormones?
Effects of Low Testosterone
The development of a “spare tire” of belly fat around the midsection is very commonly seen in middle-aged men, and, to the outside observer, may seem to simply be a normal profile of growing older. Yet, weight gain around the belly is one of the hallmarks of declining testosterone levels as well, which occurs in direct parallel within the same age bracket.
Although medical science has linked low testosterone levels with obesity in men for some time, there has always been a question as to which of these conditions should be considered the primary health concern. Since adipose tissue is known as an active hormonal modulator, it seems likely that weight gain could be the cause for low testosterone levels. Yet, more recent research on testosterone levels indicates that having reduced testosterone levels increases body fat, contributing to metabolic syndrome.
Men who undergo hormone replacement therapy see improvements in their ability to lose excess weight, in addition to alleviating the other symptoms associated with declining testosterone levels like fatigue, reduced libido and impaired cognitive function. Balanced hormones are essential for maintaining normal, healthy weight.