Friday, August 20, 2021

Higher Levels of Testosterone May Lower Risk of Diabetes for Prediabetic Individuals

There are a number of known risk factors for prediabetes and diabetes. Prediabetes is one of the risk factors for diabetes. And a low testosterone level may be another risk factor for diabetes in males with prediabetes.

Testosterone is a hormone that is found in men, women and other animals. However, men have more testosterone than women. And the testosterone levels decrease as we age. Furthermore, there are undesirable conditions associated with low testosterone levels making higher levels more desirable. One of the undesirable conditions of low testosterone may be an increased risk for diabetes for males with prediabetes. Indeed, one study has shown that a higher level of testosterone can lower the risk of progression from prediabetes to diabetes for men.

The study was a retrospective study done in Vienna. It consisted of 423 males and 287 females. Both the men and women had prediabetes. The average age of the females in the study was 58.6 years of age. And for males, the average age was 58.4 years.

The researchers concluded that “an increase of testosterone levels in males was related to a more favorable glucose metabolism, including lower HbA1c, lower stimulated glucose levels and higher insulin sensitivity...”

Establishing methods to estimate the risk of prediabetes and diabetes is important in healthcare. The American diabetes Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have devised a risk test for prediabetes and diabetes. That test includes questions on age (advancing age raises the risk of diabetes); gestational diabetes, parents or siblings who have had diabetes, high blood pressure, physical activity, being overweight, and gender (males have a higher risk of diabetes than females). Perhaps, low testosterone levels in males with prediabetes could be another risk factor for diabetes.

Low testosterone levels can have undesirable effects in men in general. These effects include a lower sex drive, lower energy, lower self-esteem, weight gain and other conditions. Diabetes is one of the most serious and costly chronic conditions in the U.S. So, more research into the possibility that low levels of testosterone might increase the risk of diabetes for men who have prediabetes may be in order.

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