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The Testosterone Connection More Muscle, Less Fat
Are you feeling flabby? Losing muscle tone? Developing a belly? You can blame it on your hormones. Sex hormones influence how the human body builds muscle and processes fat. As we approach our 40s, declining hormone levels affect us in many ways. Becoming flabby and fat can be particularly frustrating, as well as dangerous to our health.
Testosterone converts fat into lean muscle mass. It also tells our bodies when to burn fat to increase much needed energy levels. Decreasing testosterone levels cause body changes and by the time we hit age 80, we’ve lost about 40% of the muscle we had at age 40. Replenishing testosterone with injections or pellet therapy helps restore muscle and more.
Lower testosterone and decreasing muscle mass means you must work harder to produce energy – whether you’re carrying a bag of groceries, walking up a flight of stairs or bench-pressing 100 pounds. Shrinking muscles make us move more slowly and fatigue more easily. Additionally, lower muscle mass slows our metabolism, forcing our bodies to burn fat at a much slower rate.
The result? Fat starts to hang on for dear life. And it moves. Men not only gain excess fat in their bellies but also may see it on their lower backs and the nape of their necks. Women who were “pears” become “apples” –rounder at the waistline. Belly fat is especially dangerous for both men and women as it’s associated with a higher risk of vascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Having more muscle may be as important as keeping fat to a minimum. Scientists have identified the main alteration associated with aging as muscle atrophy. They have also identified a direct correlation between low muscle mass and frailty, quality of life and mortality in the elderly. More and more research is unveiling the endless benefits of hormone replacement therapy and the subsequent effects on quality of life and health.
“I decided to try this therapy to improve my short-term memory, for my muscles and to get a jump on andropause,” says 42-year-old bio-identical hormone replacement therapy patient Erich. “My energy is better, I sleep better and there is a difference in my muscles – more lean and less bulk.”
Talk to a bio-identical hormone specialist today to see how restored and balanced sex hormones can impact your well-being and longevity.