A National Institute of Health (NIH) study published in the September 2013 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, links waning testosterone levels in men are with superficial and deep (intra-abdominal) belly fat accumulation.
For this study 198 men had their testosterone hormone levels medically suppressed.
The result of reducing the testosterone hormone level in these men was astounding:
- Muscle mass fell,
- Muscle size (thigh) diminished,
- Muscle strength diminished (as demonstrated by leg-press strength),
- Sexual desire declined,
- Deep abdominal fat (around the organs) increased,
- Subcutaneous fat (general fat under the skin) increased,
Most of us have seen “T” commercials on television for male hormonal treatments, but many men remain unaware of the tremendous potential associated with all-natural treatment options.
Weight-loss or weight-gain is always associated with a cascade of hormonal effects with far-reaching consequences, but before one jumps onto the never-ending prescription testosterone bandwagon, one may wish to consider lifestyle modifications to include:
- Sleep: It’s during quality sleep that the body produces optimal hormonal levels, so if one suspects they have sleep apnea, they should get tested and treated. The good news is that weight-loss almost always improves sleep apnea and also, sleep-breathing technology known as CPAP, can enhance weight-loss. It is suggested that 8-9 hours of quality sleep per night may be ideal for most men and more can be needed with strenuous work or exercise.
- Exercise: This goes hand in hand with quality sleep and weight-loss (which will be discussed next). If a man used to love to participate in sports or exercise, they should talk with a sports-knowledgeable health care provider to see what would be safe for them to do today. And there is no upper age for benefiting from exercise as it continues to pay dividends for those who participate well into their 90’s, literally to the very end of life. The type and duration of exercise is important, with long ultra-marathon workouts actually decreasing male hormone. So again, just like when it comes to everything in else in life, a conversation with a knowledgeable expert can be re invaluable.
- Weight-Loss: Seek out a medically designed program which is free from mythology and learn how to trim off extra fat. Almost all of the animal kingdom does this on at least an annual basis, and so can you (with the blessing of your doctor).
- Alcohol: Sorry guys, if you really want to continue watching your body accumulate more female body characteristics, drink up!
- Chemicals: You should know that there are chemicals which you may encounter at work, as well as drugs, which have “estrogenic” (female hormone) affects. You will want to avoid these.
- Diet: Regardless of a mans need or lack of need for weight-loss, the food he eats has a profound impact upon his hormones. The nutritional equation which is needed to maximize his virility truly isn’t that difficult to follow, but again it pays to talk with an expert on the subject. The trouble is that most nutritional advice which was touted starting back in the 1970’s is…..dead wrong. And to the degree to which one relies upon is ones spouse (or parent) for what they eat, this conversation should include the rest of the family, too.