We have long known that men with low testosterone are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A new study published in the April 29,2016 issue of the journal Cell Metabolism, suggests that testosterone helps men regulate their blood sugar levels by activating insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Previously, the prevailing thought was the connection between low testosterone and diabetes was due to an increase in abdominal fat which produces insulin resistance. This new research may lead to new treatments for type 2 diabetes in men with low testosterone.
“We’ve shown that testosterone acts as an anti-diabetic hormone in men,” said Dr. Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, senior author of the study and head of the diabetes research program at Tulane’s Health Sciences Center. “If we can harness its beneficial effects without side effects, we can help prevent diabetes in men with testosterone deficiency.”
If you suffer from type 2 diabetes, are prediabetic of even if you are over 40 years of age, perhaps it is time for you to have a screening exam for low testosterone and other hormone deficiencies. Dr. Andrew at Elan Medical has been doing hormone testing for over ten years and has had amazing results with her patients. Her office can be reached at 707-863-9400.