Testosterone, the new weight loss drug
Being overweight severely affects your ability to fight covid-19
Whilst age still remains the strongest risk factor for covid-19, being male or having specific medical conditions are also major factors, but as we cannot change age, weight may be the one risk factor we can neutralize.
The reason why obesity is a particular risk factor isn’t fully understood and more research is needed. But cardiologist David Kass, who works at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and co-led a study that linked higher BMI (body mass index) to more severe cases of Covid-19, has a few theories.
🔶 One of them is to do with inflammation, caused by fat itself. Fat cells release signals, which the immune system responds to, and this produces a “low level of background inflammation,” he said. We already know Covid-19 can cause the immune system to go into overdrive and attack itself – known as a cytokine storm – so this may be even worse for someone who is obese.
🔶 Dr Karen Coulman, a dietitian and research fellow at the University of Bristol, agrees that the risk of complications “may be due to increased inflammation and changes to the normal immune response in the bodies of people carrying excess weight”
The largest descriptive study yet of hospitalized U.S. COVID-19 patients, posted as a preprint last month by Genentech researchers, found that 77% of nearly 17,000 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were overweight (29%) or obese (48%)! That is a scary statistic if you are overweight right now.
Why does weight drift up as we get older?
If it seems like it’s getting harder and harder to lose weight as you get older, you’re not imagining things. “As you age, your metabolism starts to slow down, and a lot of your metabolism functions and organs and absorption—everything just gets a little less efficient,” says Katherine L Tucker, Ph.D., professor of nutritional epidemiology and director of the Center for Population Health at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
You now need fewer calories than ever just to maintain your body mass, let alone reduce it.
New German Study shows Testosterone lowers weight
Testosterone injections can trigger drastic long-term weight loss in obese men, a German study has just found.
Men with an average weight of 18 stone (114kg) saw their weight drop by 4st and 3lbs (27kg) over a decade while having the jabs every three months as part of a study.
Their body mass index (BMI) went from the ‘severely obese’ category, of 36.8, to ‘overweight’, at 28.8, just four points off the healthy weight range.
The researchers said their findings should help push testosterone injections as an alternative to weight loss surgery.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is prescribed to men with abnormally low testosterone which can impact their energy levels, mood and sex drive.
What is TRT?
- 🔶 Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) may be prescribed if a man is diagnosed with an abnormally low testosterone
- 🔶 Testosterone levels decline naturally in men as they age, but certain conditions can lead to an abnormally low level.
- 🔶 TRT is traditionally used to treat hypogonadism, which occurs when your testes don’t produce enough testosterone.
- 🔶 LOW Testosterone symptoms include erectile dysfunction, depression and loss of hair.
- 🔶 When taking TRT, men notice a difference in their energy, sex drive, and muscle mass
One of its main functions is to increase the growth of muscle mass, and it forces the body to burn fat in the process, helping people to lose weight.
Therefore men with a deficit of the hormone may gain weight more easily because the balance between muscle gain and fat loss is disrupted.
In a vicious cycle, being obese actually reduces levels of testosterone, meaning men who are already fat are likely to get bigger as their hormones change.
On the flip side, losing weight increases testosterone levels, which may then make it easier to lose more weight in future.
One study by The University of Manchester found that on average, obese men have 30 per cent lower testosterone levels than men of normal weight.
Testosterone, which also gives the male characteristics of deep voice and hair growth, naturally declines as a man ages.
The men in this study all had low testosterone without a known ‘organic cause’, such as a deficit in their body’s ability to produce the hormone, either from the brain or the testes.
The researchers collected data from the 773 German men, around 60 years old, who were on the 2004 register of a urological practice based in Bremerhaven
Some 471 men, almost two-thirds (61 per cent), had obesity, and of those, 276 received testosterone therapy (TRT).
They were given a 1000mg injection every three months for up to 11 years for their condition.
The other 195 men opted against the therapy.
Researchers analysed how their measurements changed over time, including weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and more.
The study showed:
✅ The men on TRT saw their weight drop by an average of 27kg (4st 3lbs) after adjusting for other cofounders, from 18st (114kg) to 13.7st (87kg).
✅ They lost some 13cm around their waist and their body mass index (BMI) fell by 7.6 points, from 36.8 to 28.8 – putting them from ‘severely obese’ to ‘overweight’
✅ The men not on TRT had more fat on their organs than those who had testosterone jabs. Called visceral fat, too much of it can lead to more health problems.
✅ Some 63 men in the non-TRT group died compared to 21 in the TRT group, the most common causes being heart attack and stroke – of which obesity is a risk factor for both.
✅ All the deaths in the TRT group were related to traffic and sports accidents and post-surgical infections.
✅ Astonishingly, almost every patient in the control group had type 2 diabetes by the end of the follow-up period.
✅ At the start, 63.6 per cent had the condition, which is often caused by obesity and is therefore rising in prevalence globally.
✅ As time wore on, a further 22.1 per cent of the men developed the condition – taking the total to 85.7 per cent.
✅ By comparison, 56.6 per cent of those taking TRT had diabetes at the start of the study, and no more developed it over the decade.
A startling finding which indicates getting on Tesosterone treatment can reduce weight and save lives.
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Is there any other way of losing weight that actually works?
Yes? An FDA approved drug called Liraglutide, can suppress the appetite and cause weight loss of up to 4 kg a month.
✅ The drug is a self-administered daily injection by pen which suppresses appetite. The treatment is quite expensive but has been very effective at helping patients where other options have failed.
✅ Coolsculpting (cryolipolysis) is another way to remove fat by freezing. This FDA approved method is completely safe and can remove up to 30% of fat cells at one treatment. The treatment works best for patients who are not more than 10-15 kgs overweight but can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as weight loss injections and TRT. See more about this treatment here.
HE Clinic is now offering 1000mg 3-month testosterone shots to patients who are finding it difficult to lose weight.
A free consultation is recommended before commencing treatment.
A full blood panel is also recommended to include blood sugar, HbA1c, testosterone, CBC, LH, PSA, estrogen, LFT, Cr.
Treatments can be combined so TRT can be combined with weight loss injection and cryolipolysis
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I see the full medical study
Yes you can find the medical paper here
Is the treatment painful?
Testosterone treatment, weight loss injection and coolsculpting are not painful.
Are the any side risks or side effects from testosterone treatment?
TRT treatment can cause
- Acne and oily skin
- Lower sperm count, which can cause infertility
- Increased risk of blood clots
- Shrinkage of the testicles
- Larger breasts and ankles
- Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
This is why its advised to be monitored during TRT treatment with regular blood tests.
Is the treatment safe for patients with heart disease?
Yes, but only under doctor supervision, its very important if you have any underlying medical condition to consult with a doctor before commencing treatment. Do not self medicate.
Is the treatment recommended for patients with diabetes?
Patients with an underlying medical condition should consult with the doctor before take the treatment.
Is this a perminant solution?
Testosterone treatment requires monitoring and periodic visits to the doctor for follow up blood tests and monitoring of the patient.
How many times a year do I need to see the doctor?
Every 3 months would normally be fine.
How long does the treatment take
The injection is Inter-muscular and takes only a few minutes.
Do I need to get a shot every week?
No, you can get up to 3 months from one injection
will it affect my mental state?
Low testosterone can, in some cases lead to depression, confusion, irritability, and fatigue. In this case, the Testosterone replacement will help correct this imbalance
Are there any activity restrictions while taking this treatment
Because this is a non-invasive procedure there are no activity restrictions, you can return to work on the same day or take an international flight
When will I notice the effects of the treatment?
You should notice some effects almost immedately
Is this treatment suitable for someone with a lot of fat
Yes, you can take the TRT and the weight loss injection Liraglutide even if you are obese. The doctor needs to assess your medical condition before proceeding with treatment.
Can I combine this treatment with another treatment like HE-shot?
Yes, you can combine Testosterone with other treatments such as cool sculpting.
Is there any preparation I need to do before treatment?
No, there is no preparation required for this treatment.
Can I go to the gym, do sports or swim after this treatment?
Yes, you can, this treatment does not require that you restrict your activity.
Can I take alcohol before and after treatment?
Yes, you can drink as you would normally.
Are there any dietary restrictions while on this treatment?
No, you can eat and drink as you do normally
I am very overweight can I still do this treatment?
Being overweight will not affect this treatment however if you are extremely obese you should consult with the doctor first.
I am on stating for high cholesterol, will this affect this treatment?
The doctor will need to assess you before commencing treament. Please bring you latest blood tests with you to your consultation.
I am a heavy smoker will this treatment still work on me?
Yes, but this can seriously disrupt your health and the doctor will need to assess you before going ahead.
Will Testosterone treatment help me to build muscles
Yes, TRT will help with muscle mass.
I am on medication for heart problems which includes low dosage aspirin and blood thinners, will this affect my treatment?
yes, you need to consult with the doctor and be asssessed before commencing this treatment.
Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, we take all major credit cards at HE Clinic
Do I need to get changed?
Yes, you will be required to change, we have facilities for you at the clinic
Can I get a discount if I book more sessions?
Yes, we offer a discount for people who take more sessions and we have a promotion package.
Is the teatment FDA approved?
Yes, this treatment is FDA approved in the US and Thailand.
Can I pay online?
Yes, we do not normally take payment online, but we can arrange this if necessary
Do I have to pay in advance?
The consultation with the doctor is free and most patients will pay at the point they decide to go ahead with the treatment.
Will my medical insurance company cover the cost?
This is between you and your medical insurance company. Normally you would need to pay for the treatment and then claim back from your insurance company. We do not claim the cost of the treatment on your behalf
Are the results guaranteed?
The treatment is an overwhelming success and beneficial in over 95% of patients.
Do you offer a money-back guarantee if the treatment does not work?
At HE Clinic we do not offer money-back guarantees for services, but we are very confident of our treatments and will do everything in our power to make sure each customer is happy.
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