By Dr. Jarom Ipson, NMD
Low testosterone levels in men have been connected with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. In these conditions your body produces insulin to manage your glucose (blood sugar), but can’t utilize it properly. Your body ends up with high levels of glucose in your blood rather than ending up in the cells where it is needed. To compensate your body make more insulin in attempt to correct the problem, which quickly can make things worse. Over time insulin resistance can lead to pre-diabetes and then type 2 diabetes which increases your risk for a number of health problems, including heart disease, kidney failure and infections.
When looking at the testosterone levels of men that are currently diabetic, nearly every single one has low testosterone level. It is not certain that low testosterone leads to insulin resistance but we do know for sure the optimal testosterone levels lead to better insulin sensitivity. And that low testosterone is a good predictor to estimate if a man will develop pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. The combination of higher blood sugar readings and low testosterone is deadly for men. Time to get your testosterone level checked.
DR. JAROM IPSON, NMD
Dr. J is a certified Naturopathic Doctor and author, who’s passionate about teaching others how their body works and putting them on a path to better health. Jarom is an expert in weight loss, pain relief, hormone balancing, natural aesthetics, digestive issues, and anti-aging.
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