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Weight Loss in Men Reverses Testosterone Deficiency

Weight Loss in Men Reverses Testosterone Deficiency
August 29, 2011 Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Low testosterone levels and symptoms of male sexual dysfunction due to obesity may be reversible with weight loss after bariatric surgery, a new study finds.¬†¬† The results were presented at The Endocrine Society’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston.

“Morbidly obese men have a high prevalence of hypotestosteronenemia, or low testosterone, and of sexual dysfunction,” said study co-author Jean-Paul Thissen, MD, PhD, a professor at the University of Louvain in Brussels. “It is reassuring that these problems are potentially curable by weight loss.”

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[I see the same thing with non-surgical weight loss as well as improvement in long-standing chronic illness such as Diabetes and HIV infection.  I believe the reduction in systemic inflammation is improved with weight loss (i.e. carbohydrate reduction) and improvement of other medical conditions.  Less systemic inflammation would predictably allow the hypothalamic-pituitary axis to regain normal hormonal regulatory function. РPMN]

News Source: The Endocrine Society. “Surgery-related weight loss in men reverses testosterone deficiency, study finds.” ScienceDaily, 6 Jun. 2011. Web. 29 Aug. 2011.