When Levels Were Low, Testosterone Replacement Led to Lost Weight, Smaller Waists
Testosterone replacement may promote weight loss in obese older men who have low levels of the male sex hormone, a new study shows.
But before men try to lose weight by bumping up their testosterone, experts agree that more studies are needed to show that the treatment is both safe and effective.
Researchers followed a group of mostly older, overweight men receiving injections of the hormone for up to five years to treat erectile dysfunction and other symptoms associated with low testosterone.
Their findings were presented at the 19th European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France.
The men who were treated the longest lost more than 30 pounds on average over the course of the study, and also showed improvements in blood pressure, blood glucose, and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Researcher Farid Saad, DVM, says the dramatic weight loss came as a surprise.
"This study was not performed for the purpose of promoting weight loss," he tells WebMD. "This was an incidental finding that was entirely unexpected."
Low Testosterone Common in Obese Men
The study included middle-aged and older overweight or obese men with low testosterone levels being treated with testosterone replacement at a single urology clinic.