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Men with low test easter levels are at higher risk of diabetes
It has long been known that sex hormones have an important influence on reproduction and the feeling of pleasure. But they have a lot more impact on us. Too little testosterone in men can increase the risk of developing diabetes.
Causes of diabetes
In addition to a genetic predisposition, severe overweight (obesity), lack of exercise and a disturbed insulin release are causes and triggers of diabetes. But male sex hormones also seem to have an impact on the risk of developing the metabolic disorder.
Men with low Testosterone levels are at higher risk
As reported by the German Cardiac Society (DGK) at the European Cardiology Congress (ESC) 2016 in Rome, men with low testosterone levels are at a statistically higher risk of later developing diabetes. According to the experts, there is no connection between testosterone and diabetes in women.
These findings were obtained in a German-Finnish study that was presented at the ESC. The University Heart Center Hamburg and the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki participated in the study.
No significant difference in women
According to the information in the population study, testosterone values were recorded in 3,810 men and 3,896 women. After an average observation period of 13.8 years, diabetes mellitus was found in 7.8 percent of all examined.
In men, testosterone levels averaged 17.12 nmol / L at baseline, but were significantly lower in later diabetes patients at 15.61 nmol / L. There was no significant difference in this regard in women with 1.15 or 1.16 nmol / L.
Scientists are interested in the sex hormone
The male sex hormone is always the focus of scientific work. Testosterone has been studied in around 85,000 studies. Researchers have shown, among other things, that a low testosterone level in old age can lead to various symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, fatigue, depression and a decrease in bone density (osteoporosis).
In addition, some medical professionals believe that testosterone therapy may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as a heart attack or stroke. (ad)