Weight Loss in Men Reverses Testosterone Deficiency

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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. – PMN]

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

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

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