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Is diabetes linked to low testosterone?

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A link between diabetes and low testosterone is well established. Men with diabetes are more likely to have low testosterone. And men with low testosterone are more likely to later develop diabetes. Testosterone helps the body's tissues take up more blood sugar in response to insulin. Men with low testosterone more often have insulin resistance: they need to produce more insulin to keep blood sugar normal.

As many as half of men with diabetes have low testosterone, when randomly tested. Scientists aren't sure whether diabetes causes low testosterone, or the other way around. 

From: Low Testosterone and Your Health WebMD Medical Reference

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Mulligan, T. , 2006; vol 60: pp 762-769. International Journal of Clinical Practice

WebMD Health News: "Low Testosterone Tied to Poor Health."

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Medscape: "Low Testosterone Levels Linked With Higher Risk for Depression."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Atherosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction."

Grossmann, M. , 2008; vol 93: pp 1834-40. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Kapoor, D. , 2008; vol 25: pp 357-69. Drugs & Aging

Kupelian, V. , 2006; vol 91: pp 843-50. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Spark, R. , 2007; vol 8: pp 467-471. Current Urology Reports

Fukui, M. , 2007; vol 3: pp 25-31. Current Diabetes Reviews

Fukui, M. , 2003; vol 26: pp 1869-1873. Diabetes Care

Bhasin, S. , 2003; vol 26: pp 1929-1931. Diabetes Care

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration: "Testosterone Information." 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Mulligan, T. , 2006; vol 60: pp 762-769. International Journal of Clinical Practice

WebMD Health News: "Low Testosterone Tied to Poor Health."

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

Medscape: "Low Testosterone Levels Linked With Higher Risk for Depression."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Atherosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction."

Grossmann, M. , 2008; vol 93: pp 1834-40. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Kapoor, D. , 2008; vol 25: pp 357-69. Drugs & Aging

Kupelian, V. , 2006; vol 91: pp 843-50. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Spark, R. , 2007; vol 8: pp 467-471. Current Urology Reports

Fukui, M. , 2007; vol 3: pp 25-31. Current Diabetes Reviews

Fukui, M. , 2003; vol 26: pp 1869-1873. Diabetes Care

Bhasin, S. , 2003; vol 26: pp 1929-1931. Diabetes Care

Grundy, S. , 2004; vol 109: pp 433-438. Circulation

Bhasin, S. , 2006; vol 91: pp 1995-2010. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: "Testosterone Information." 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 11, 2019

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