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As if you needed another reason to start the hCG Diet and lose weight – a new study  released at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston, finds that for men suffering from low testosterone, weight loss can raise testosterone levels.

In the study looked at overweight, middle-aged men with prediabetes.  Nearly half of the men with low testosterone levels who attempted to lose weight by changing their lifestyle experienced an increase in their testosterone levels.

The findings suggest that doctors “should first encourage overweight men with low testosterone levels to try to lose weight through diet and exercise, before resorting to testosterone therapy to raise their hormone levels,” said study researcher Dr. Frances Hayes, a professor at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

Doctors analyzed information from nearly 900 men with prediabetes — a condition in which blood sugar levels are abnormally high, but not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes. The men’s average age was 54.

The men were randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: the diabetes drug metformin, an inactive placebo pill or lifestyle modifications, which consisted of exercising for 150 minutes a week and eating less fat and fewer calories. The researchers said they considered men to have low testosterone if their levels were below 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood.

Among the men assigned to change their lifestyle, about 20 percent had low testosterone levels at the study’s start. After one year, that number was cut in half.

Among those taking metformin, 24.8 percent had low testosterone at the beginning of the study, and 23.8 percent still had the condition a year later. For the placebo group, the rate fell from 25.6 percent to 24.6 percent during the study.

Men in the lifestyle modification group lost an average of about 17 pounds over the one-year study, and testosterone levels among men in this group increased 15 percent on average, the researchers said. (Men in the metformin group lost about 6 pounds.)

“Losing weight not only reduces the risk of prediabetic men progressing to diabetes but also appears to increase their body’s production of testosterone,” Hayes said.

The study was presented this week at the Endocrine Society’s annual Meeting in Houston.

So if you’ve been on the fence about starting a diet then you can add this new study to the many reasons why it’s a good idea. The hCG diet is a powerful tool in your arsenal of good health and will help you lose weight FAST!

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