Testosterone Therapy is a leading anti-aging therapy for both men and women looking to optimize their health and quality of life. It is our purpose here at Ageless Medicine of the Palm Beaches to keep you updated on the latest news about these therapies that have helped our patients take their lives. Thus, we want to tell you about two new studies that have published findings about the metabolic functions of Testosterone Therapy.

The first, in the European Journal of Endocrinology, published results of a study that revealed strong evidence that testosterone, which plays a role in regulating body composition in healthy individuals, may improve body composition and glucose metabolism in men. With over half of the population either obese or overweight, researchers are constantly looking for new ways to address an epidemic that is making the population fat and tired, but also feeding diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, and Type II Diabetes.

Testosterone Therapy and Body Composition

The study, which included 59 trials with more than 5,100 male patients (with an average age of 62 years), revealed strong evidence that testosterone supplementation may improve body composition and glucose metabolism in older men. Specifically, the study showed a connection between testosterone therapy and male metabolic function, associated with a “significant reduction in fat with an increase of lean mass a well as with a reduction of fasting glycaemia [blood glucose levels] and insulin resistance” (Corona et al., 2015).

As it is well known that testosterone plays an important role in regulating healthy body composition, this isn’t the first study to show the benefits of testosterone therapy in weight management. The study is significant in metabolic research, which brings us to the second study, which provides definitive evidence that testosterone replacement makes Type II diabetic men more sensitive to insulin.

Male Diabetic Checking Blood Sugar Levels

Testosterone Therapy and Insulin Sensitivity

University at Buffalo researchers conducted the first randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of testosterone treatment in Type 2 diabetic men that comprehensively investigated the role of insulin resistance and inflammation, before and after treatment with testosterone. What they found was that low testosterone levels were associated with significantly decreased insulin sensitivity.  Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, senior author on the paper and SUNY Distinguished Professor and chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism in the Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB says: “This is the first definitive evidence that testosterone is an insulin sensitizer and hence a metabolic hormone.”

Finding similar results as those in the study in the European Journal of Endocrinology, researchers concluded that, “while there was no change in body weight, testosterone treatment produced a reduction in total body fat of 3 kilograms (more than six pounds) while increasing muscle mass by the same amount” (Goldbaum). What this means of course is that testosterone therapy regulates a healthy body composition, decreasing fat and increasing muscle, optimizing the body’s health, wellness, and ability to age well.

Is Testosterone Therapy Right For You?

Testosterone therapy has been proven time and time again to be the leading anti-aging treatment in both men and women, offering a host of benefits such as: increased libido, improved concentration, stronger bones, healthy sleep patterns, etc. However, the continued research on this important therapy allows physicians to customize testosterone treatments in a way that is most beneficial for your body.

If you are planning to begin testosterone therapy, make sure to contact a physician who specializes in hormone therapies. Dr. Rosselli at Ageless Medicine of the Palm Beaches understands the complexities involved with prescribing hormonal therapy treatments. By taking a comprehensive approach that includes a full medical history and extensive testing, Ageless Medicine of the Palm Beaches provides the safest and most effective means for treating your symptoms.

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