Obesity in Men, and Testosterone

Topics: Obesity and Weight Loss, Wellness and Health

Although most diet books are written for women, men often need the help more.

In fact, obese men have lower testosterone levels, which can affect sex drive.

That makes it a male and female problem.

Men are about 24 percent less likely than women to have seen a doctor in the past year. But men are hospitalized more than women for congestive heart failure (28 percent more than women), diabetes complications (32 percent more), and pneumonia (24 percent more).

Each of these problems is weight-related.

Men are more likely to have heart attacks than women, and more likely to die of cancer. Men are only half as likely as women to be depressed, but the symptoms in men are different than in women–men are as likely to get irritable and angry and stop eating, as to withdraw and get sad and overeat as women can.

And depression is a huge risk factor for coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Food–and getting a doctor’s help who is specifically interested in men’s diets, obesity and health– can help: 1-3 cups of coffee daily drop prostate cancer risk by almost a third, according to a 2011 Harvard study.

But even more importantly, what a man eats, and what he avoids can change his testosterone level, improve strength and begin to reshape not just his waist, but his destiny. Test your own testosterone level: privately, securely, accurately.