Low testosterone levels linked to diabetes

Ed.ac.uk: May 4th, 2012.

Low levels of testosterone in men could increase their risk of developing diabetes.

University scientists have found that low testosterone levels are linked to a resistance to insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels

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The study is the first to directly show how low testosterone levels in fat tissue can be instrumental in the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Testosterone is present throughout the body. Low testosterone levels are linked to obesity, a known risk factor for diabetes.

It acts on fat cells through molecules known as androgen receptors. These enable the testosterone to activate genes linked to obesity and diabetes. Read more