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Will Losing Weight Help My Testosterone Levels
Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more
Self Esteem: If one is overweight, there can be a coexisting issue with self esteem. If by losing weight, one has a better feeling of self and self worth and esteem, then confidence can be boosted. Everyone likes to think they look better and believe that they are accepted and considered as an equal. Confidence follows improved self esteem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes!: But only if you lose weight in a safe fashion via healthy nutrition & regular exercise. What you want to do is to shed belly fat which is where testosterone is converted into estrogen, the female hormone. Less fat means less conversion which means more T. But rather than focus on T, focus on healthy lifestyle leading to healthy life. ...Read more
It could: Fat cells secrete substances that trigger inflammation. And inflammation can cause depression. Being overweight correlates with decreased effectiveness of antidepressant medications. Losing weight often entails making healthy diet choices and exercising regularly. Each of those lifestyle changes are associated with improved mood. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24109426 ...Read more
Does Lexapro (escitalopram) decrease testosterone levels and if so would weight lifting and weight loss help alleviate this possible testosterone decline?
Not really: If you have normal male characteristics, and your testosterone is normal, there is no need to increase it further. "more" is not always "better". Hair loss occurs in part from the testosterone (which is why men have it more than women). Exercise will improve your overall health; maybe reduce stress (which may help your hair), and is overall good for you. ...Read more
Yes : Yes it does. Cutting out sugar and starch is important due to the carbohydrates causing weight gain. Eating carbohydrates leads to the release of the fat-storage hormone insulin, which acts to remove nutrients from the bloodstream and store it as fat. Limiting sugar intake is a great starting point to starting a weight loss process, but is not the only factor to consider. ...Read more
Low testosterone: is associated w/weight gain, especially around the middle. It also triggers mood changes such as irritability and anxiety. See your doc for lab study and treatment. Other hormones along the chain to testosterone may be the issue, such as DHEA but you need testing. Diagnostechs lab in Washington State has a good saliva test for this, and saliva is preferred to blood but blood works. Peace. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: Nocturnal hypopnea/apnea can be due to body "habitus"=upper airway body parts compressing the airway space when the person lies on his/her back. If this is the hypopnea/apnea cause, weight loss sometimes significantly helps.Sometimes not, such as in cases of other anatomic issues (large tongue, narrow neck).In these cases, surgery is an option.Get a sleep study & work closely with the sleep doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Excess testosterone (t) is converted into estrogen which then exacerbates gynecomastia (male breasts). So taking t won't help you. Instead, check your estrogen level and block conversion of t into estrogen w/aromatase inhibitor such as anastrazole (prescription breast cancer drug). Of course, diet & exercise help, too! less fat = less gyno. Plastic surgeons can help when all else fails. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Kinda sorta maybe: But first, weight gain in whom? Men? Women? Low in testosterone ; estrogen? Or normal levels? Interesting question but too general. Estrogen is linked to water retention which can lead to weight gain. Testosterone can lead to muscle development which can result in weight gain. Not exactly sure what you're looking for. Can you give us some more details ; specifics so that we can answer your questio. ...Read more
What role does having a hysterectomy without hormone replacement play in weight gain? Can taking hormones help in losing weight?
I've pcos & am struggling to lose weight. My blood glucose lvl is normal. Doc prescribed me adipex to help lose weight. Need to lose 20lb. Is it safe?
Discuss with doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more
Hashimoto's, pcos, obese. Watching calories and exercising. Still gaining weight. Gp given up. Can anyone please help me lose weight?!
Try metformin if you: Have pcos, working slowly up to 1500 mg help 30% of women ovulate, lower insulin, and can help weight. With pcos your risk of a mood disorder is doubled, buproprion can help and works well with metformin for weight loss but increase them both slowly. I usually give Clonazepam at night for sleep while initiating buproprion b/c it can make u anxious at first and may increase insomnia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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