Type-2 Diabetes and Male Hormones

In men, testosterone is produced by the specialized cells in the testicles called Leydig cells. As these cells erode with advancing age, testosterone production tends to fall significantly. Yet because this decline often happens gradually over a long time, testosterone deficiency often remains undiagnosed in many men. Common clinical signs can include depression, loss of energy, low sex drive, and weight gain.

Significantly, as levels of this important anabolic hormone wane in men, blood sugar control mechanisms may become disturbed. For men, less testosterone generally mean less lean muscle mass and increased tendency to accumulate fat in the abdominal regions. This tends to increase the waist-hip ratio, an important risk factor for type-2 diabetes and its related complications, such as heart disease. In addition to unfavorably influencing body mass status in men, testosterone deficiency may play a more direct role in type-2 diabetes. One researcher has suggested that testosterone decline may be the "primary event" initiating the synergistic process of metabolic dysglycemia and heart disease in aging men.1

Low testosterone levels in men may also help trigger other closely related metabolic imbalances, such as high cholesterol, high insulin, high blood pressure, and increased tendency for blood to clot.2

An important tool to ensure healthy aging in men,is the test called the Male Hormone Profile measures circadian activity of the free fraction of testosterone by analyzing 4 saliva samples collected at specific times over a 24-hour period. This provides the clinical groundwork for safe, focused interventions to promote optimal levels of this powerful anabolic hormone.Call to set up a nutritional consultation so that tests can be performed and a comprehensive strategy of lifestyle, dietary modification and nutrient supplementation can be implemented to aid you in reversing this disorder.

1 Tibblin G, Adlerberth A, Lindstedt G, Bjorntorp P. The pituitary-gonadal axis and health in elderly men: a study of men born in 1913. Diabetes 1996;45:1605-1609.

2 English KM, Steeds R, TH Jones, Channer KS. Testosterone and coronary heart disease: is there a link? QJM 1997;90:787-791.

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