A common medical procedure called a sleeve gastrectomy can restore testosterone levels in obese men with low testosterone, according to new findings. Surgeons from Stanford University reported to the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons that patients exhibited a measureable increase in testosterone levels in the 12 months following the operation.
Obese men are at an increased risk for clinically low testosterone levels, also known as hypogonadism. A sleeve gastrectomy could help patients return to a healthier weight along with restoring testosterone levels without patients turning to potentially dangerous products such as testosterone boosters.
Symptoms of low testosterone include fatigue and low libido, though these are also common symptoms of aging. Many testosterone booster companies have begun advertising the symptoms as likely indicators of hypogonadism, though the only way to diagnose the condition is with proper testing.
Testosterone booster sales have skyrocketed in the past 10 years, turning low testosterone into a billion dollar industry. However, many medical professionals have expressed concern that patients could be exposing themselves to an increased risk of testosterone booster side effects without actually needing the products.
Several studies have linked testosterone boosters with an increased risk of potentially fatal conditions, including heart attacks and stroke. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered further clinical testing on low testosterone products to determine their efficacy and risks.