The latest study proving beneficial effects of testosterone therapy, in men with hypogonadism (Low T) builds upon previous studies. In earlier studies, testosterone therapy provided to men with testosterone deficiency has shown to improve muscle mass, promote weight loss and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Now a new study suggests that testosterone therapy for men with Low T can prevent the progression of prediabetes, and reverse Type 2 diabetes.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest-growing chronic conditions across the world. It is driven in large part by obesity. Men who are obese are more likely to have prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes means that your body does not use insulin correctly, leading to unsafe blood sugar levels. This improper use of insulin is known as Insulin Resistance (IR).
Latest Study on Type 2 Diabetes and Low Testosterone
Men who are prediabetic or diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (IR) also frequently have testosterone deficiency. As such, a recent study sought to determine whether testosterone therapy could help men who are prediabetic or already diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
In the study, it was found that testosterone therapy injections completely prevented men from progressing from prediabetes to Type 2 diabetes. The study also found that injected testosterone therapy improved glucose metabolism in men with Type 2 diabetes.
Indeed, nearly 35% of trial participants saw their Type 2 diabetes go into remission after receiving testosterone injections for 8-11 years. Even better? A follow-up study four years later showed a reduced need for diabetes medication in men who continued to receive testosterone therapy. Incidentally, it also found that the men who received testosterone therapy had significant improvements in erectile function.
By contrast, the placebo group of men who were not given testosterone therapy, continued to gain weight, increase waist size, suffer from deteriorating glycemic control, and poorer sexual function.
This was the largest study of its kind, with more than 1000 men included in the study.
In sum, the study showed that testosterone therapy helps to prevent progression to Type 2 diabetes, may help reverse Type 2 diabetes, and improved overall physical and sexual health.
Link Between Insulin Resistance and Low Testosterone
It is important to note that young men, who are physically fit who have been diagnosed with Insulin Resistance are also frequently found to have low levels of testosterone. This indicates that testosterone therapy not only benefits older, overweight men. Testosterone therapy can also benefit younger, physically fit men who have Low T.
Schedule a Testosterone Therapy Consultation Today
At the Male Anti-Aging Institute, Board Certified Urologist Dr. Gary Bellman provides testing to confirm suspected cases of Low-T. If you are found to be testosterone deficient, you may be a candidate for medically supervised testosterone therapy.
Contact the Male Anti-Aging Institute today to schedule an appointment by calling 818-912-1899.