Does Diabetes Cause Low Testosterone in Men?

The Connection Between Diabetes and Low Testosterone

Low testosterone is a hormonal imbalance that is characterized by a number of distressing symptoms affecting physical, mental, and sexual health. There are a number of reasons that one may develop low testosterone, including normal aging, injury, and certain health conditions. More specifically, recent studies have shown that there might be a link between low testosterone and diabetes. Although this connection warrants further study, both diabetes and low testosterone levels are common health concerns among men. As a result, understanding their relationship can give insight into how to prevent and treat potential health problems.

Continue reading to learn more about the connection between low testosterone and diabetes in men. 

What is Testosterone?

Before diving into the link between low testosterone and diabetes, it is important to understand the role testosterone plays in men’s health and wellness. Testosterone is a hormone that is produced in the testicles and is responsible for male sexual development and reproduction. It is essential for sperm production, sex drive, and fertility. Additionally, testosterone is needed to maintain muscle mass, bone density, and adequate fat distribution. Unbalanced hormone levels can result in a variety of unwanted symptoms. 

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

As testosterone is essential for many bodily functions, it is important to maintain adequate levels to stay healthy and avoid adverse effects. Low testosterone levels in men can lead to negative symptoms such as:

  • erectile dysfunction 
  • low libido 
  • muscle loss
  • increased body fat
  • infertility
  • osteoporosis
  • breast development 
  • decrease in body hair
  • depression 
  • anxiety 
  • irritability 
  • fatigue 
  • difficulty concentrating 

Think you may have low testosterone? Take our quiz to assess your risk. 

What is the Link Between Diabetes and Low Testosterone?

So, what is the connection between diabetes and low testosterone? Scientific research suggests that low testosterone is common in men with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. According to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 45% of men with type 2 diabetes had reduced total testosterone, and 57% had reduced free testosterone (testosterone that is not bound by protein). The results were also similar in men with type 1 diabetes. This is likely because low testosterone is associated with an increased risk of developing insulin resistance as testosterone is vital for maintaining a healthy body composition. As body fat increases, so does one’s risk of developing insulin resistance. 

What’s more, the same factors that contribute to diabetes might also result in low testosterone. For example, obesity and physical inactivity directly contribute to the development of both conditions. Plus, the risk of developing both diabetes and low testosterone increases with age. Because the risk factors of developing both conditions are so similar, scientists cannot establish whether diabetes causes low testosterone or vice versa. 

Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men with Diabetes 

If you are diabetic and dealing with low testosterone, it is important to balance your hormone levels in order to improve your mental, physical, and sexual health. A recent scientific study found that testosterone therapy may even be able to reverse type 2 diabetes in men. Moreover, testosterone therapy may be able to prevent diabetes, although further research is needed to confirm this claim. 

Testosterone replacement therapy is a great option for diabetics who are struggling with low testosterone levels. Here at Lowcountry Male, we offer three different types of testosterone therapy to ensure optimal hormone levels.

1. Testosterone Pellet Therapy

Testosterone pellet therapy is a method for restoring testosterone using natural hormones that match your body’s original chemical structure. The process involves inserting the testosterone pellet, which is about the size of a grain of rice, under the skin around the hip area. This allows for a steady stream of testosterone to release over the course of four to six months. Testosterone pellet therapy is both long-lasting and convenient, making it a popular choice among men with busy lifestyles.

2. Testosterone Injections

This method of testosterone replacement therapy involves injecting testosterone directly into the muscles typically once a week or every other week depending on your needs. Injections may be given in-office or self-administered at home.

3. Topical Testosterone Gels 

Testosterone can also be administered topically via gels that are applied daily to the wrist, inner arms, and abdomen. This method is ideal for those looking for a completely pain-free approach that can be done independently. 

Screening for Low Testosterone at Lowcountry Male

As mentioned, men with diabetes are at an increased risk for testosterone deficiency, so it is very important to check your testosterone levels if you are diabetic. With a full range of treatments for men, we at Lowcountry Male specialize in screening for and treating low testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy will increase your energy, improve your sexual performance, decrease stress, and improve your overall health.

During your visit, our team of physicians will take a comprehensive look at your hormones and assess factors, such as diabetes, that may be leading to your low levels of testosterone. We will then prescribe an individualized plan of action engineered to boost your testosterone levels and revitalize your life. 

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