Tulane Study can revolutionize Diabetes Treatment for Men

Diabetes is a disease which not only causes medical issues on its own but weakens the body, causing a host of other problems. Now a recent discovery made at Tulane holds the potential to revolutionize Diabetes treatment for men.

Dr. Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, Professor at Medicine at Tulane explained that the study showed exactly how low testosterone levels in men increased the chances of developing type 2 Diabetes. This study is the first of its kind to show that low levels of the hormone can decrease the amount of insulin produced.

“This is the first study that explains why men with low testosterone are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes,” he said. “This is the first time that it is shown that testosterone deficiency decreases insulin production.”

Tulane Study can revolutionize Diabetes Treatment for Men

What causes low testosterone?

There are many causes for low testosterone production men, such as:

  • Testosterone decreases naturallyafter 40 years of age
  • Any specific disease or andropause, which varies from one male to the other
  • Men suffering from prostrate cancer receive special injections to reduce production of testosterone in their body, which can also be attributed as a factor. Testing for diabetes and taking medicine to control blood sugar levels is a safe approach in this case.

Linking Testosterone and Diabetes

The tests for the study were conducted on male human pancreatic cells as well as on genetically modified mice for the study whose pancreatic cells produced insulin.

Dr. Mauvais-Jarvis pointed out the stark percentage of risk that increased with low testosterone levels.

“In those men who are very low testosterone, they have a 30 percent to 40 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes. So this is huge.”

The study may be the first of its kind, but it is also proving the notion that many doctors have and data they gathered in their clinics.

Tulane’s Chief of the Section of Andrology from Department of Urology Dr. Wayne Hellstrom stated about 40 percent of male patients they received suffering from type 2 Diabetes had low testosterone as well. Treating the testosterone levels also resulted in control over diabetes.

“About 40 percent of diabetics will have low testosterone, and what we found over the years, if we treat that low testosterone, it actually improves their diabetic status,” he quoted. “Their insulin is secreted better and their sugars are better controlled.”

Linking Testosterone and Diabetes

Keeping the hormones under check

Testosterone production can be increased via pellet implants, gels, capsules and injections which is included in hormone replacement therapy procedure. The therapy aims to bring the levels of testosterone back to normal and also controls blood sugar levels.

Since diabetes leads to obesity, strokes and even surgical amputations, keeping it in check is key to maintaining health. The study will help male patients with low testosterone levels and diabetes to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep diabetes safely under check.

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