Now Obesity in Males is Linked to Low Testosterone Levels

One-third of the U.S. population is obese. The government declared this physical disorder along with type 2 diabetes as national epidemics last year. Obesity is associated with a host of other ailments like diabetes and heart ailments to name a couple. But latest research work (May 5, 2010), carried out at the University at Buffalo has revealed that this state is also associated with low testosterone levels in men. The results of the findings are published in the online edition of the journal Diabetes Care. This article tries to gain further insight on the outcome of this research.

Knowledge Gained from the Research:

  • 40 percent of participants in the study suffering from obesity were found to have lower than normal testosterone levels.
  • When obese diabetic participants were included in the study, the percentage increased by 50 percent.
  • Weight gain up to 20 percent and the effect of diabetes on lowering this hormone’s level in men were found to be the same.
  • Though their effects can be related, the researchers found that both obesity and diabetes separately influence testosterone level concentration.
  • The researchers recommend that both obese and diabetic men should get their testosterone levels checked on a routine basis.
  • These tests are imperative for men who are in the prime of their reproductive years and are either obese or diabetic.

How Important is the Hormone Testosterone for Men ?

  • It is the main sex hormone in men.
  • It plays a key role in the development of reproductive organs and secondary features like hair growth, bone mass and muscles.
  • It is quite essential for the general well being of men as it also prevents conditions like osteoporosis.
  • Though this hormone is also produced in women, the male body produces it ten times more than the female counterpart.
  • When a man reaches puberty, this hormone causes increase in height, deepening of the voice and growth of the beard, adam’s apple and hair in other parts of the body.
  • It is necessary for natural development of sperms.
  • Interestingly, testosterone levels in men reduce when they fall in love, and when they become a father. This results in changes in their behavior temporarily and helps them to get adapted in their new roles requiring care and responsibility, with ease.

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