If you're a middle-aged man and you're struggling with your weight, you might have low testosterone levels. According to a new study from Australia, some 40% of middle-aged obese men are suffering from low testosterone.
Testosterone treatment might actually help you lose weight, as well as decrease your risk of diabetes.
The study was conducted by the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne in Victoria. Doctors have known that when older men work out, they lose not just fat, but muscle.
Researchers found testosterone treatments, along with diet and exercise, can help middle-aged men reduce fat without decreasing muscle.
What It Means
"This study shows for the first time that, among obese men with lowered testosterone, testosterone treatment augmented the diet-induced loss of total and visceral fat mass and prevented the diet-induced loss of lean mass," said Mathis Grossmann, MD, the study leader.
In addition, this can decrease their diabetes risk. If you're trying to fight off type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor about testosterone.