Low testosterone levels common in young men with type 2 Diabetes

Finger stick test for blood sugarMen aged 18 to 35 with type 2 Diabetes tend to have low testosterone levels, according to Paresh Dandona, M.D., Ph.D. and colleagues, of the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Dr. Dandona had previously found an association of lower testosterone levels in middle-age men with type 2 diabetes, as well.

Low testosterone levels have been thought to be the cause of erectile dysfunction, diminished libido, Infertility, decreased bone mass, loss of skeletal muscle, weight gain, and worsened insulin resistance. 

Diabetes was known in ancient times and remains today a world-wide and increasing health problem, yet nearly one-third of the people who have the disease are unaware that they have it.  If you haven’t been tested for Diabetes, now is a good time.

via Chandel A, et al “Testosterone concentrations in young patients with diabetes mellitus” Diabetes Care 2008; DOI: 10.2337/dc08-0851.

via “Young Men With Type 2 Diabetes Have Low Testosterone” MedPage Today, Sept 5, 2008

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