Obese teenage boys have up to 50% less testosterone than lean boys

Obese teenage boys have up to 50% less testosterone than lean boys

Fertility rates have been dropping steadily for 50 years around the world and this is a huge part of the problem, and ironically, the solution.

The study results:

  • Obese men ages 14-20 have up to 50% less total testosterone than do normal males of the same age
  • This significantly increases their potential to be impotent and infertile as adults
  • Previous research has found the presence of low testosterone levels, known as hypogonadism, in obese, type II diabetic adult men

“These findings demonstrate that the effect of obesity is powerful, even in the young.  We were surprised to observe a 50% reduction in testosterone in this pediatric study because these obese males were young and were not diabetic.  The implications of our findings are, frankly, horrendous because these boys are potentially impotent and infertile.  The message is a grim one with massive epidemiological implications”
Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Full study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22970699.

Original article: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/13739

Study as published online in Clinical Endocrinology by Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine, chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and colleagues Muniza Mogri, MD, a medical resident in the UB Department of Pediatrics, Sandeep Dhindsa, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine at UB; Husam Ghanim, PhD, research assistant professor of medicine; and Teresa Quattrin, MD, A. Conger Goodyear Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, housed in Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health. As reported by The University of Buffalo News Center on October 12, 2012.

Posted: Sunday 24 March 2013

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