Doctors have long recognized the association of testosterone and diabetes, specifically the greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes present among those with low testosterone. But the ways in which testosterone allowed the body to fend off diabetes had remained unclear.
Now, researchers from Tulane University may have an answer. They have discovered the role of testosterone in blood sugar regulation among man and were able to particularly identify how testosterone triggers the parts of the pancreas that produce insulin.
"We have found the cause – and a potential treatment pathway – for type 2 diabetes in testosterone-deficient men," says senior author Dr. Franck Mauvais-Jarvis.
The research may help experts develop new treatments for type 2 diabetes in a large population of men with low testosterone because of reasons such as prostate cancer therapies and age.
Low Testosterone Effects
This new study and the link to diabetes isn’t the only side effect of low testosterone that men can face, and living with the symptoms doesn’t need to be the case.
Effects of low testosterone can include:
- Low libido
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Mood changes
Low T can be treated via many different approaches. The most common products available for T replacement are topical gels applied daily or weekly injections, which can be self-administered. Both are acceptable treatments, so it is up to the patient to decide which suits his lifestyle the best.
If you have questions about Low T or to schedule an appointment, call Philadelphia Urology Associates at (215) 563-1199 or contact us online.