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#58 Testosterone and Diabetes

Testosterone and Diabetes

Charlie-"I'm not saying that I have low testosterone but..."

(This is a funny one!)

Guest: Abraham Morgentaler, MD

  • Clinical Professor of Urology at Harvard Medical School
  • Founder of Men’s Health Boston (www.MensHealthBoston.com)
  • Author of Testosterone for Life (2008) and The Viagra Myth (2003)
  • Internationally recognized authority on testosterone

Low T and the Big D

There is a very high prevalence of low testosterone (T) among men with Diabetes. Since the relationship between low T and Diabetes is quite involved, Dr. Morgentaler explains, in clear terms, what’s important for you to know in order to ensure good health.

In one revealing study, patients were asked to provide their entire medical histories, and then underwent a blood test for testosterone. Approximately 50% of men with Diabetes had low T, and the overall risk of low T in this population was more than double the risk seen in men without Diabetes.

In another fascinating study, individuals gave blood samples, which were  frozen, and these individuals were then followed for many years. At the end of the study, the researchers tested the frozen blood samples to determine whether hormone levels like testosterone predicted the development of medical conditions such as Diabetes. Men with the lowest 25% of T concentrations in the study population were at increased risk of developing Diabetes.  In other words, having low T increased the probability of being diagnosed with Diabetes sometime later in life. The risk was also increased for development of metabolic syndrome, a group of items (including Diabetes) that predicts subsequent risk of heart attack and stroke.

There is more to this story that suggests that normalizing T in men, with T therapy, helps control Diabetes. And, T therapy also happens to increase muscle mass and lowers body fat, and both of these changes are helpful with blood sugar control! 

On today's show you will learn...

What is low testosterone?

What is it's connection with Diabetes?

What percentage of men with Diabetes have low T?

Does having low T also mean you will develop Diabetes?

How would a man know if he has low T?

What are the symptoms?

What should a man with Diabetes and low T do?

How well recognized is this connection between low T and Diabetes?

What are the treatments for low T?

What are the risks/is it safe?

Does T therapy help with blood sugar metabolism?

How else does T therapy help control Diabetes?
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Happy World Diabetes Day!!! Happy World Diabetes Day from Chris, Theresa, Chris, and Charlie! The whole DiabetesPowerShow.com team wish you all the best. Please use this 3 minute PSA as you see fit.
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#57 Stress and Diabetes The gang talks about Stress and Diabetes.
Direct download: 57_57_Stress_and_Diabetes.mp3
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World Diabetes Day Google Doodle Please sign this petition and consider circulating it among everyone you know: http://diabetesdoodle.com/  so we can get Google's attention, to see a World Diabetes Day doodle illuminating their page, Nov. 14. Help raise much-needed Diabetes awareness!
Direct download: World_Diabetes_Day_Google_Doodle_Promo.mp3
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#56 Team Type 1 Racing to Cure Diabetes...

Phil Southerland, co-founder of Team Type 1, which was created in 2004 to inspire people living with Diabetes to take a proactive approach to managing their health and overcoming the obstacles often associated with the condition.

For the better part of his lifetime, Phil Southerland has made a habit of defying the odds.

When he was seven months old, he came down with what doctors first diagnosed as a routine case of baby flu. But after losing more than half of his body weight to the illness, his mother Joanna suspected something far more serious was wrong.

Violently ill and with perhaps only days to live, doctors diagnosed Southerland with Juvenile Diabetes. They told his mother that the condition would likely cost him his eyesight by the time he was 20.

Those doctors should see him now.

Only 26 years old, Southerland already counts among his achievements the founding of Team Type 1 – the world’s first professional cycling team dedicated to raising awareness for Type 1 Diabetes – and a pair of victories for the team in the Race Across America (RAAM). His accomplishments and desire to help others with Diabetes have led to dozens of national engagements as a motivational speaker.

Cycling is his first love, though. A competitor since the age of 13, he co-founded Team Type 1 in 2005 with Joe Eldridge after the two met while racing against each other in college. Their intent – to create a cycling team made up solely of athletes with Type 1 Diabetes – first raced RAAM in 2006. The result was a victory in their division and the second fastest overall crossing, completing the more than 3,000-mile race in 5 days, 16 hours and 4 minutes. Last year, Team Type 1 did it again, winning its RAAM division while completing the transcontinental race faster than anyone else: 5 days, 15 hours and 43 minutes.

Southerland says living with Type 1 Diabetes allows him to be “the CEO” of his own body, while creating a long-term plan for success. “I have met some amazing people because I have diabetes,” he says. His long-term goals include getting Team Type 1 a spot in the Tour de France by 2012 and an entire Team of Type 1 pro cyclists in the Tour not long thereafter.
Ever the visionary, Phil would like to “see a group health insurance plan for people with Diabetes, so we can all have the tools necessary to prevent complications.”
Direct download: 56_56_Team_Type_1.mp3
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#55 International Diabetes Federation Phil Riley is Communications Manager for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). He is Campaign Director for the World Diabetes Day campaign, a role he assumed in 2005 for the first year-long campaign: ‘The IDF Year of the Foot’. Led by Phil, the World Diabetes Day campaign team were awarded the MIXX Award in 2007 for Best European New Media Campaign.

Phil was a member of the project management team that drove Phase 1 of the Unite for Diabetes campaign, which resulted in the passage of United Nations Resolution 61/255 in December 2006. He was Deputy Chair of the Promotion and Awareness Working Group that planned and executed the campaign’s media and PR strategy.

Prior to joining the Federation, Phil taught Business Communication at the University of Antwerp, where he pursued an academic career with an interest in how discourse, particularly conversational discourse, is shaped by features of context.

Phil Riley has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for almost 20 years.
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#54 Real People, Real Diabetes, Real World Three type one's, Evan Speight, Jamie Logan (from show # 20), Nick Moreno, talk about the realities of daily life with type one Diabetes. The pump, dating, work, family life, social life, sex, hypo, hyper, childhood and much more...
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#53 Diabetes and Depression Dr. Susan Guzman, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in Diabetes, both as a researcher and a clinician.  As the Director of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute Clinical Services, she developed and leads the multi-week depression series, Breaking the Depression/Diabetes Connection.  Her clinical and research interests include overcoming barriers to good management, family issues with Diabetes, and the art of living well with chronic illness.  She also has a private practice in San Diego. http://www.behavioraldiabetes.org
Direct download: 53_53_Diabetes_and_Depression.mp3
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#52 Rock Against Diabetes On this week's show, we welcome Rock and Roll Journalist, Concert Promoter, Creator of Rock Against Diabetes (special concert events to benefit diabetes) and Diabetic, Darrin Buchanan and Gun N' Roses Guitarist
Ron (Bumblefoot) Thal.


Thanks to Ron (Bumblefoot) Thal for the opening song, Abnormal (instrumental) from his new CD by the same name.

Available at: www.bumblefoot.com , www.baldfreak.com/store.htm or on iTunes

Direct download: 52_52_Rock_Against_Diabetes.mp3
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#51 Diabetes Down Under Special guest from Down Under, Lucien Deane-Johns. Lucien is an Early Intervention Team Leader, a Dietitian (APD) and a Diabetes Educator. We learn how our Australian friends deal with Diabetes. Lucien joins us on the phone from Bright, Victoria Australia.
Direct download: 51_51_Diabetes_Down_Under.mp3
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