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How do age-related hormones affect blood sugar in men with diabetes?

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Testosterone, the hormone that helps control sex drive, muscle mass, and strength, naturally goes down as men get older. Low testosterone can cause insulin resistance, which means that your body’s cells don’t respond to insulin. Testosterone therapy can improve your blood sugar levels.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Factors Affecting Blood Glucose,” “Weight Loss,” “The Best Food Choices.”

David Goldstein, MD, professor emeritus, University of Missouri School of Medicine.

American Diabetes Association: “Does Age Make Diabetes Harder to Control.”

Women’s College Hospital: “Menopause.”

National Institute on Aging: “Can We Prevent Aging?”

Joslin Diabetes Center: “What is Insulin Resistance?”

American Diabetes Association: “Checking Your Blood Glucose.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Physical Activity and Exercise.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: “Factors Affecting Blood Glucose,” “Weight Loss,” “The Best Food Choices.”

David Goldstein, MD, professor emeritus, University of Missouri School of Medicine.

American Diabetes Association: “Does Age Make Diabetes Harder to Control.”

Women’s College Hospital: “Menopause.”

National Institute on Aging: “Can We Prevent Aging?”

Joslin Diabetes Center: “What is Insulin Resistance?”

American Diabetes Association: “Checking Your Blood Glucose.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Physical Activity and Exercise.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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