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Why love handles might be a misnomer for older men.
New research reveals a direct correlation between the weight carried by middle-aged men and their virility, reported Agence-France Press.
The study by St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, tracked 900 pre-diabetic and overweight men in their 50s for one year. One group was put on a diet held to a 2.5-hours-per-week exercise regimen, one group was given a diabetic pill, and a third group took placebo pills, which contain no active ingredients, said AFP.
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Researchers found that the men on the diet-exercise track saw a 46 percent drop in the prevalence of low testosterone, the hormone tied to the male sex drive and lack of which can lead to conditions like erectile dysfunction, according to AFP.
The men in the other two groups saw no changes. Nor did they lose an average of 17 pounds like the first group did, reported AFP.
Researchers also found that testosterone levels increased in direct proportion to the amount of weight lost, according to ANI.
Study results were released at this week's annual Endocrine Society meeting in Boston.