The Vicious Cycle: Male Weight Gain and Testosterone Loss
So what are ABNORMAL circumstances?
- High stress levels
- Chronic sleep problems
- Chronic diseases or trends of disease such as diabetes and hypertension
- Medications and drugs – anti-depressant and sedative medicines, Aldactone (hypertensive medication), chemotherapy, marijuana and alcohol
This is how obesity and high body fat can worsen a man’s testosterone hormone balance. Body fat, especially fat in the abdomen and belly, takes existing Free Testosterone in the body and converts the testosterone to estrogen, the female hormone. So even when more testosterone is being produced it will result in more estrogen as well. When a man’s estrogen level is high he can experience:
- Loss of sex drive
- Possible impotence
- Sensitive breast tissue and breast growth
- Feelings of more emotional behavior and increased stress/anger
- Increase in body fat and weight
Any doctor who does an evaluation for male hormone levels should also be checking the estrogen levels, as well as other hormonal factors that affect male testosterone levels. If your doctor is ONLY checking a random testosterone level, it is far short from being a complete evaluation that can be treated smartly and effectively.
Even more important, when you are being treated with testosterone (or treatments that raise your own testosterone level) there should often be additional treatment to inhibit aromatization (the process of testosterone converting to estrogen — male to female hormone conversion).