How Does Low Testosterone Affect Diabetes?

There is still no clearly answer to explain how low testosterone levels affect diabetes! Many statistics show that diabetes (particularly for type-2 of diabetes ‘the most common type of diabetes’) is pretty common in men who have lower levels of testosterone (particularly for hypogonadism – a condition of low levels of this male hormone due to certain health condition).

In other words, a connection between both health conditions is well established, but expert still don’t have clearly answer to explain the link of both. But overall, some experts believe that men with low levels of testosterone are more likely to later have diabetes – and men with diabetes are also more likely to later develop low testosterone.

Does testosterone decrease as the age?

low_testosterone_and_diabetes_illustrationThe peak levels of this male hormone are during adolescence & early stage of adulthood. Then it gradually decreases as we get older.

The decline of testosterone may occur after about the age of 30-40, typically it declines about 1 percent a year. As a result, more symptoms associated with aging occur as you get older. These symptoms may include:

  1. Some emotional changes, such as decreased self confidence and motivation. Elderly men are also easier to have depression.
  2. Changes associated with the physicality. For instances, decreased strength of muscle and bone. As you get older, you are also easier to have increased body fat (as a result you are more likely to have overweight or obesity (particularly for abdominal fat) which is one of the most common risk factors of diabetes). Hair loss and gynecomastia are other physical changes that may occur as you get older.
  3. Difficulty sleeping! Insomnia is pretty common in men with low testosterone. Even this low male hormone sometime also can increase the risk of sleep apnea (a kind of sleep disorder).
  4. Decreased sexual function, this may include; fertility problems, ED (erectile dysfunction) or poor spontaneous erections, and decreased sexual desire. According the American Diabetes Association, among men with low levels of testosterone, there is about 63 percent complained about lack of sex drive and about 70 percent reported about problem with erection (erectile dysfunction). Problems associated with fertility are usually top leading issues if low testosterone occurs in younger men.

The gradually declining of this male hormone as you age is very common or perfectly normal. For this case, the medical intervention to treat the symptoms that occur may be only optional. But if this decline occurs abnormally or when it comes too early (due to a health condition such as a health problem with the pituitary gland /testicles), you should see your GP /doctor promptly to get the appropriate treatments and more advice!

So, how does low testosterone affect diabetes?

Again (as mentioned before), doctors often don’t know the answer with certainty to explain the link of both low testosterone and diabetes.

In fact, low testosterone is often goes undiagnosed since the symptoms that occur are closely similar to other health conditions.