Dr. Ben Evans, owner and medical director of the Men’s Vitality Centers of Phoenix, explains why men might develop the trendy “Dad Bod” when they enter fatherhood due to a drop in testosterone levels that can cause other symptoms that impact their quality of life. Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) can help reverse these symptoms and improve their quality of life.
“Dad Bod” started as an endearing trope used to describe the physique of the average suburban dad with a paunchy belly and minor love handles. Photographs of actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon ambling about at the beach sporting a pudgy belly made them seem relatable. “Dad Bod” became the body-positive descriptor of the “fit enough” guy.
What is this correlation between becoming a dad and an increase in waistline? A 20 year-long study showed that men who become dads gained an average of 4lbs, while men without kids lost an average of 1.4lbs. While some may attribute the seemingly automatic equation of Man + Baby = Beer Belly to less time for the gym and poorer eating habits with all the kid food lying around, there may be a hormonal connection according to men’s health specialist Dr. Ben Evans, Internal Medicine Doctor and owner of the Men’s Vitality Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
“When men become fathers, we see their testosterone levels drop. Some of the effects of low testosterone lead to slower metabolism, less muscle mass and low energy – which makes it hard to get to the gym. Gaining fat around the belly area is a natural consequence for men.” said Dr. Evans referencing a 2011 study. This study showed that over a 5 year period, men who became fathers had a 34% drop in testosterone compared to age-matched men without children who showed a 12-15% drop due to natural aging.
While there may be some anthropological benefits to a drop in testosterone, when this essential male hormone gets too low it can negatively impact a man’s quality of life. Low testosterone is associated with a range of symptoms including low muscle mass, difficulty losing weight, problems concentrating, low libido, irritability, depression and chronic fatigue. These symptoms can impact a man’s self-esteem, work performance and his social, family and romantic relationships.
So can raising testosterone levels reverse symptoms for men with low T? Evidence shows that it can! Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is one of the fastest growing treatments for men in the US and one of the most popular services provided by the Men’s Vitality Center, says Dr. Evans. His patients often refer to TRT as “life-changing”. So, if parenthood has left one wanting to lose weight and feel better, their first stop should be to see their primary care doctor to check their testosterone levels. Boosting their testosterone may be the answer to improving their health and quality of life.
Men’s Vitality Center is Arizona’s leading name in men’s primary medical healthcare and testosterone services. They pride themselves on being a comprehensive adult internal medicine practice that specializes in Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), adult primary care, and opiate addiction treatment services. They have men’s healthcare clinics located throughout the valley in Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale and Phoenix to best serve their patients. Get in touch via phone at (602) 812-3789. Visit their website or office at 4643 N. 12th St, STE 101, Phoenix, AZ 85014 US.
Men’s Vitality Center
Charles B. Evans II, MD (Ben)
4643 N. 12th St, STE 101