It is TRUE that for many men diagnosed with testosterone deficiency, losing weight can help increase testosterone levels. But some diets, particularly a low-fat diet, can be associated with a small but significant reduction in testosterone. To support it, a study published in «The Journal of Urology», the Official Journal of the American Urological Association (AUA). Journal which is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.
Testosterone deficiency is an issue that should not be underestimated: it can lead to problems, including a reduction in energy and libido, together with physiological changes, including an increase in body fat and reduced bone mineral density. It has emerged that in recent years a low level of testosterone is widespread among men: for example in the United States about 500,000 men are diagnosed with a testosterone deficiency every year.
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In addition to medications, treatment for low testosterone often includes lifestyle changes such as exercise and weight loss esteroides espana
But the effects of the diet on testosterone levels have not been clear. Since testosterone is a steroid hormone derived from cholesterol, changes in fat intake could alter its levels. This new analysis of how diet affects serum testosterone provides evidence that a low-fat diet is associated with lower testosterone levels than an unrestricted diet.
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Data on over 3,100 men were analyzed by a national health study (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey or NHANES), where all participants had available data on diet and serum testosterone levels. Based on the history of the two-day diet, 14.6 percent of men met the criteria for a low-fat diet, as defined by the American Heart Association (AHA). Another 24.4% of men followed a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains but low in animal protein and dairy products. Only a few men met the criteria for the low-carbohydrate AHA diet, so this group was excluded from the analysis.