What causes loss of muscle mass?
A variety of factors can contribute to loss of muscle mass. Muscles grow smaller with age if you don’t take steps to preserve the muscle you have or build new muscle tissue. Poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle, and low testosterone levels are all contributing factors to loss of muscle mass.
How does body mass index relate to muscle mass?
Body mass index (BMI) is the measure of body fat based on your height and weight. The team at Men’s T Clinic® routinely monitors your BMI for changes and improvements that correlate to the treatment of other conditions such as low testosterone.
How does low testosterone cause muscle loss?
Because testosterone is the male hormone that makes it possible for men to develop muscles, when there isn’t enough testosterone, you lose muscle mass and it is often replaced by fat. Belly fat and chest fat are common signs of Low T levels in men. If you have Low T, you’re likely to experience other signs like fatigue and lower energy levels.
Can muscle mass increase with Low T?
If you experience the frustrating effects of Low T, you have several options and treatment that can help you rebuild muscle mass. If your doctor determines that Low T is a contributing factor to your decline in muscle mass, he may recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
One of the benefits of TRT is that it helps increase lean muscle mass and decrease belly fat. As with any treatment plan at Men’s T Clinic®, your doctor monitors all aspects of your overall health and tracks your progress, including changes to your BMI. In addition to TRT, your doctor may recommend the following:
- Eat a healthier, well-balanced diet with plenty of lean protein
- Lose weight if you are overweight
- Exercise regularly, focusing on aerobics and strength training
- Get enough sleep each night
For men with Low T, making diet and exercise changes alone may not be enough to prevent muscle mass loss. It’s important to treat the underlying condition of low testosterone levels if you want to get the most positive outcome of optimizing your muscle mass. In other words, optimizing testosterone levels means optimizing muscle mass.
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