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Obese men have lower levels of testosterone


A recent study has revealed that obese males have considerably lower levels of testosterone than healthier ones.

According to, the study, conducted by a group of researchers at the University of Buffalo, found that Body Mass Index (BMI), which is based on the relationship between body weight and height, tends to increase as levels of testosterone decrease.

Research included the analysis of blood samples of around 2,165 adult males of 45 years  and older.  It is reported to be the most significant study conducted into the relationship between levels of testosterone and body weight to date. It is also the only study to pick up on a strong connection between diabetes and testosterone levels. The findings revealed that diabetic people also have decreased testosterone levels.

The study found a link between obesity and low levels of testosterone

According to, the survey suggests that men who are suffering from type 2 diabetes should get their testosterone levels tested.

“In view of the high rates of subnormal testosterone in patients with obesity or diabetes, testosterone concentrations should be measured regularly in these populations, especially when these conditions occur together,” explained Paresh Dandona, co-author of the study, which was published in the Diabetes Care journal.

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