We have identified many advantages of testosterone replacement therapy including improvement in libido, increase in bone density, increase in muscle mass, improvement in mood, and protective against heart disease. Now there is evidence that testosterone may be preventative against Type-2 diabetes.
Opening the door for new treatment for Type-2 diabetes in men, researchers have discovered the mechanism that put males with low testosterone at greater risk of developing the debilitating disease which is so common in middle age and older men.
Testosterone helps men regulate blood sugar by triggering key signaling mechanisms in the pancreas that produce insulin which is used to move glucose from the blood stream into the cells and this serves as the necessary fuel for cellular activity.
The study could help identify new treatments for Type-2 diabetes in the large number of men with low testosterone due to age or prostate cancer therapies.
At our own Tulane Medical School Dr. Franck Mauvais-Jarvis has found the cause — and a potential treatment pathway — for Type 2 diabetes in testosterone-deficient men.
The study from Tulane shows that testosterone is an anti-diabetic hormone in men. Dr. Mauvais-Jarvis wants to modulate the action of testosterone without side effects.
Bottom Line: We know that millions of American men suffer from low testosterone levels. We are finding more benefits of testosterone replacement therapy and now testosterone may be beneficial in preventing and controlling Type-2 diabetes.