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Posted by Dr. Sanjay Kapur on Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Testosterone and Diabetes

ThinkstockPhotos-200180050-001.jpgLow testosterone has been shown to cause conditions like insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and central obesity, which further lead to problems like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Research studies have shown a link between low levels of testosterone and abnormal lipid levels, increased inflammation, high blood pressure etc.

However, it is still not quite clear what comes first...is it that low testosterone levels cause type 2 diabetes, or is it that type 2 diabetes result in testosterone level drop? What is the connection between testosterone and diabetes? 

Some research groups have seen improvements in insulin sensitivity, reduction of mid-section obesity, decreased cholesterol levels etc., by testosterone replacement therapy.

Some other studies have shown that high doses of testosterone do not have the same benefits as shown by normal physiological levels. Therefore, it is important to monitor testosterone levels using proper testing methods, especially if one is supplementing testosterone to ensure that any supplementation is kept within physiological levels.

A recent interview on Beyond 50 Radio featuring Dr. Sanjay Kapur

Click on this link above and listen to my interview with Daniel Davis on Beyond 50 Radio show where we discussed how testosterone plays an important role in our lives and possibly has some link with diabetes.

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