not saying that I have low testosterone
is a funny one!)
Abraham Morgentaler, MD
- Clinical Professor of
Urology at Harvard Medical School
- Founder of Men’s Health
- Author of Testosterone for
Life (2008) and The Viagra
- 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
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?