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Does Testosterone Therapy Make You Lose Weight

Jenna Hilton
November 3, 2022

When people hear testosterone, they think masculinity, strength, and power. The association is rooted in the biological fact that testosterone is the principal sex hormone in males. Produced in the testicles, it regulates male reproductive features, bone and muscle growth, metabolism, energy levels, and weight.

Testosterone production declines with age, often resulting in symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, lack of energy, and weight gain. Sometimes, younger men also experience a decline in testosterone production (hypogonadism) due to various medical conditions.

Today, medicine offers a solution for overweight men with testosterone deficiency, and it is called testosterone therapy. This article explains how TRT for weight loss can help patients.

Testosterone therapy for weight loss

TRT for Weight Loss: Does It Help?

Scientists consider testosterone replacement therapy as an effective treatment for men with weight issues due to low testosterone (hypogonadism). They found that long-term TRT results in significant and sustained weight loss, reduction in waist circumference, lower body mass index, and improved body composition.

Studies on overweight and obese men also show that it improves metabolism and energy levels due to better mitochondrial function. Increased energy further helps with motivation, stimulating patients to increase physical activity.

Weight issues are typically resolved with a restrictive diet and regular exercise, but men suffering from hypogonadism need to combine lifestyle modifications with TRT to achieve desired results.

TRT for Weight Loss: The Results

Testosterone therapy is customized for each patient according to their age, medical condition, and body composition. Not everyone experiences the same results, but the treatment is effective for most men with testosterone deficiency after a certain period.

The first thing patients experience is an increase in energy. This usually happens after several weeks of therapy. After about eight weeks, patients begin to see a reduction in fat mass, an increase in lean body mass, a reduction in waist size, and bigger muscles.

Long-term therapy helps sustain the effects by providing the energy required for lifestyle modifications, such as proper nutrition and regular physical activity.


Note: For more weight loss treatments learn how IV therapy for weight loss can help you.


Testosterone Dosage for Weight Loss

Medical providers need to establish an appropriate testosterone formulation – gel, patch, injection, pellet, etc. - to help treat an overweight patient with low testosterone. The dosage depends on the prescribed formulation and the patient’s unique biological and medical factors.

The dosages for testosterone injectables are usually 50-200 mg and are administered every 1-2 weeks. The dosages for testosterone pellets are usually 150-450 mg, given every 3-6 months. If needed, the medical provider can raise the initial dose after a follow-up session.

Testosterone dosages and frequency of administration vary from patient to patient. Your chosen medical provider will determine the appropriate therapy following a physical examination and lab tests.

TRT for Weight Loss: Cost

At Vibrant Vitality Clinic, TRT for weight loss costs $249. It includes a 45-minute evaluation and physical examination to create a customized strategy for the patient. It also includes one 30-minute follow-up session to review the therapy’s effects.

If needed, the patient can schedule more follow-ups at $99 per session.

Conclusion

TRT coupled with lifestyle changes provides a powerful and sustained weight-loss solution for men with testosterone deficiency.

Visit our medical professionals at Vibrant Vitaly Clinic to discuss your health goals and determine if TRT for weight loss can help you achieve them.

Jenna Hilton
Jenna Hilton has been a practicing PA since 2009, specializing in Family, Internal Medicine and Medical Aesthetics. She attended Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree and graduated magna cum laude. She received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University.

Jenna has been injecting neurotoxin and dermal filler since 2013. She received certification as a Master Injector in 2017 through Empire Medical in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working on a Fellowship Program in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Her special interests include use of PLLA, Ablative/Non ablative skin resurfacing, PDO threads, hormone therapy and nutritional therapies to improve cellular regeneration and medically supervised weight loss.

Jenna Hilton believes in a multi-factorial approach, considering internal factors that accelerate aging and disease development. She always enjoys teaching. She co-founded Vibrant EDU courses at Vibrant Skin Bar and regularly performs one-on-one training with fellow injectors. She teaches Aesthetic and Advanced Injectable Courses at National Laser Institute. She has been named Preceptor of the Year and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Midwestern University. She was born in Iowa, and lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, AZ.

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