Can Low Testosterone Be Upping Your Risk For Diabetes?

Men with low testosterone levels are more at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. A new study found that testosterone actually plays a role in blood sugar regulation.

The Study

According to Tulane University researchers, testosterone helps stimulate insulin-producing cells in men. This ultimately helps men control their blood sugar.

"We've shown that testosterone acts as an anti-diabetic hormone in men," said the study's senior author, Dr. Franck Mauvais-Jarvis. "If we can harness its beneficial effects without side effects, we can help prevent diabetes in men with testosterone deficiency."

What It Means

"If we can better understand the molecular differences between the sexes, we can start to develop gender-specific medicine to better treat diseases like diabetes," said Mauvais-Jarvis.

Medicines can be fine-tuned to better suit men or women. This kind of breakthrough can make for more effective diabetes treatments in the long run.

Source: Battle Diabetes

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