Testosterone, Obesity, and Heart Disease

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When you hear the word testosterone, you probably think of masculinity, working out in the gym, and how efficiently someone can put on muscle and lose fat. Turns out, that’s only half the story.

As science dives deeper and deeper into these biomarkers, we’re finding that nothing is as cut and dry as we might have once thought. The body is a huge, complex, integrated system.

WebMD recently did an informative article on the correlations between low testosterone levels in men and a number of metabolic disorders, from diabetes and obesity to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Does this mean low testosterone causes such risks? Not necessarily. In some cases low testosterone is actually a result of these various problems with the body, and therefore we can look at it as an indicator of things that may be wrong.

According to the article, here are some ways you might not have known low testosterone levels are affecting your body:

    1. Diabetes: When randomly testing diabetic men, studies have found that about half of them have low testosterone. Since testosterone helps with insulin sensitivity, low amounts could possibly contribute to an individual developing diabetes.
    2. Obesity: Obesity and testosterone deficiency go hand in hand. Obese men are more likely to have low testosterone levels and men with low testosterone are more likely to become obese.
    3. Heart Disease: High testosterone can increase risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, as seen particularly in young men who use anabolic steroids. On the other hand, we’ve already seen that low testosterone can be an indicator for diabetes and obesity, both of which increase cardiovascular risk. Testosterone is also sometimes converted to estrogen in the body, which plays a role in protecting arteries from damage.

Monitoring testosterone levels is for more than just achieving optimal athletic performance. The more tools we have for identifying risks for serious chronic and acute diseases down the road, the better we can increase our own life quality and longevity.

You can track your testosterone levels with WellnessFX Performance Panel along with many other biomarkers. No matter your goals (from wanting to add decades to your life to simply having more energy during the day), there’s an indicator in your blood to help you achieve it!

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