The relationship between diabetes and testosterone

Diabetes and testosterone have a nasty relationship and, truth be told, if we develop diabetes, chances are that our testosterone will be lower than those free of this ailment.

Diabetes type 1 is the nastiest kind and usually diagnosed in children and young adults. About 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. If you are one of those, follow every medical recommendation to a t and you will be fine. In fact, and as always, we must follow doctor’s orders. I will never be one of those idiots playing with fire that thinks that they know more than medical science.

Diabetes type 2 can be developed for several reasons. One of those can be a crappy diet.

In the testosterone book, the first measure regarding diet is: “Kick f… sugar to the curb”, because, while this does not mean becoming a carb hater, truth be told, we eat too much of it. There is added sugar everywhere, so we must reduce its consumption.

If not, too many sodas and ice cream will exhaust the insulin mechanism. As with almost everything in life, if you have to overuse something, you will drain it, you will need more and more every time to cope with excessive amounts of sugar and insulin is no exception. You will damage the machine if you force it all the time.

Too much sugar can cause metabolic syndrome and diabetes, so stop eating too much sugar, because it’s a natural enemy of testosterone. In fact, in the testosterone book you can see how after sugar consumption our testosterone levels drop, a lot.

How testosterone can make things better for diabetics

I’m not one of those promising that real food, cooked at home and made with whole natural ingredients is the cure for all, every situation is different, but the truth is that it won’t make things worse and, probably, will improve diabetes type 2 a lot.

In fact, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 in Orlando, Florida, increasing intake of homemade meals may protect against the development of type 2 diabetes.

Besides that, a testosterone increasing diet can help. Take a look at this.

Dr. Paresh Dandona, of the Department of Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, studied the relationship between testosterone and diabetes type 2.

They knew that low testosterone tends to be found alongside decreased insulin sensitivity (the first sign of pre-diabetes, because we are starting to exhaust the mechanism of insulin). They demonstrated the link and continued their studies, finding that even non obese diabetics subjects had low testosterone.

The hypothesized that testosterone could be an insulin-sensitizing agent since it has been known that testosterone burns fat and creates muscle. So they studied 94 men with type 2 diabetes (44 of them had low testosterone levels) and they gave them testosterone. This did not change the men’s body weight, but there was a reduction in body fat of 3 kilograms and muscle mass increased by the same amount. Testosterone did a wonderful body recomposition, but that’s not all, folks.

There was also an increase in insulin sensitivity, demonstrated by a 32% increase in the uptake of glucose by tissues in response to insulin. Fasting glucose levels also diminished significantly.

The thing is, testosterone can help to curb diabetes type 2. It can be a fine line of treatment and everything we do to increasing it will help, starting with a testosterone boosting diet.

This is not the only study. According to others like this one [1]: “Administration of testosterone to hypogonadal men reverses part of the unfavorable risk profile for the development of diabetes and atherosclerosis”

Not only testosterone is not the heart attack inducing hormone that we thought it was, it’s a protecting agent indeed, and the problem is not too much testosterone, but the lack of it when we get older, what put men at risk of diabetes, atherosclerosis and heart attacks.

So start doing everything you can to increase your testosterone, and your diabetes type 2 will improve, really.

Studies referenced

[1] The role of testosterone in type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome in men. Saad F1.