In men with type-2 diabetes, research shows that low testosterone impacts health-related quality of life. Men with type-2 diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from low testosterone as men without diabetes.
Some of the conditions commonly reported by men with diabetes include erectile dysfunction, overactive bladder, loss of stamina, fertility issues, muscle pain/weakness, increase body fat, neuropathy, and joint pain. These conditions can be eliminated or greatly reduced with proper intervention by an experienced care team.
Among men with low testosterone levels, 70% reported ED and 63% reported low sex drive. Erectile dysfunction itself is a marker of ill health.
Testosterone supports a lean body composition which results in optimal metabolic function and glucose metabolism. Having low levels of testosterone can make it more difficult to manage diabetes and also results in additional symptoms that reduce the quality of life.
How important is testosterone to men with diabetes? A study of men with diabetes suggests that those with low testosterone levels may die sooner without interventional testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to restore testosterone to a sufficient level.
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Know your numbers
A simple blood test is done to determine metabolic health and testosterone levels. Blood testing is the most accurate method of analyzing metabolic and hormone levels. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or are at risk, certain numbers are important to know and discuss with your doctor. What are your current numbers? What is the target number? What can you do to get there?
2. Fasting glucose
3. Testosterone free and total
Take the first step towards better health and order your initial blood test panel today. The blood panel will include metabolic biomarkers that will help determine your current diabetes status in addition to associated risk factors and key hormones, including testosterone and thyroid.
We only use nationally accredited laboratories with locations in most cities and townships. In-home services are available in some areas for those who are unable to travel to a local service center.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 86 million Americans aged 20 years or older with prediabetes. ‘Prediabetes’ describes a consistently high blood sugar that is not yet elevated enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
Prediabetes is an indicator to implement healthy eating and regular exercise immediately to lower blood sugar. Improvements in diet and body composition may be enough to prevent diabetes in men who are at risk.
There are certain actions you can take to combat high blood sugar:
- Eat a balanced diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains
- Avoid excess sugar and calories
- Quit smoking
- Exercise regularly — walking for just 30 minutes a day can lower blood sugar
- Maintain a healthy weight. Losing as little as two to three pounds per year helps battle type 2 diabetes in the long run