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Are Alzheimer’s and Obesity Linked to Low Testosterone?

As men age, there are two things that are common. They vary between men of course, but testosterone levels tend to fall, and the waistline increases. It becomes harder to maintain a fit body, and some men even go through what is jokingly called manopause. For most men, testosterone levels fall by approximately 15 every year after age 30. Obesity levels have grown from about 8% in 1980 to about 25% today. This particular change in hormones can also affect the way the brain functions. Low testosterone has actually been connected to age-associated cognitive impairment.

Because of this, low testosterone levels can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. For those men who suffer diabetes, they also tend to have low testosterone levels with more neuropathies.

Particularly as men age, obesity is a significant risk factor, and with our change in diet, among other factors, we see more men suffering metabolic syndrome, inflammatory proteins, and endocrine changes that lower testosterone even further.

A recent study was published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation from the University of Southern California. They looked at the relationship between aging, obesity, low testosterone, and dementia. In short, a high fat diet often aggravates or leads to obesity, and this ultimately leads to impaired brain function and lower testosterone levels, which researchers believe to be the core problem. After all, lower testosterone levels mean lower fat burning, and it just seems ironic that more fat also means less testosterone for many men.

Testosterone replacement therapy is controversial at best. It has been associated with some disease, and the idea is to help men, not hurt them, right? This said, reducing calories and exercising more to lose weight is not controversial in the same way. Testosterone supplements unfortunately have ultimately been shown to increase the risk of heart disease, death, and strokes. Unfortunately, a number of manufacturers continue to profit off many people’s ignorance about the subject.

So what should an older man do starting after 30? Testosterone supplements, we have established, are not the way. Instead, try a low calorie diet or low carb diet, exercise on a regular basis, and you will be able to lose more weight. You have to have both to really achieve results, and you may want to make sure that you also include some weight lifting in the process.