Gastric bypass surgery may reverse testosterone deficiency

6th June 2011

Male sexual dysfunction due to obesity may be reversible with weight loss after gastric band surgery, it has been claimed.

Low testosterone levels, which may be caused by being overweight, may be cured by weight loss, according to the results of a study conducted in Brussels.

A total of 75 obese men who were patients at an obesity clinic between 2007 and 2010 were tested in the study. They were checked for hormone levels, body fat measurements and male hormone deficiency, which manifests though low libido and erectile dysfunction.

Jean-Paul Thissen, co-author of the study, said: "Morbidly obese men have a high prevalence of hypotestosteronenemia, or low testosterone, and of sexual dysfunction. It is reassuring that these problems are potentially curable by weight loss."

Of the men who underwent gastric bypass surgery, all had significant increased in testosterone levels.

A study conducted several months ago showed that gastric bypass surgery may also help to reduce the prevalence of diabetes.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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