Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Low testosterone in men may be diabetes risk factor

Low to normal range (of testosterone) are much more likely to have diabetes Reuters/Yahoo!News 2/20/07 ""Low testosterone levels are common among men with diabetes and there is growing evidence that low testosterone may be a risk factor for developing diabetes," Dr. Elizabeth Selvin from Johns Hopkins...data from 1,413 men 20 years or older ...After the influence of age, race and obesity was factored in, men with the lowest levels of testosterone were four times more likely to have diabetes than men with the highest levels. Similar results were found when only the bioavailable testosterone was measured...The association persisted even after men with low total or free testosterone levels were excluded, suggesting, the researchers say, that the association is not entirely driven by failure to produce enough testosterone...the hypothesis that male hormones directly influence sugar metabolism and the development of insulin resistance, which is seen just before diabetes occurs, independent of the effects of obesity"

The best way to prevent type II diabetes and fight it if you have it? Lots of exercise.

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