Insulin resistance and diabetes account for many horrible — and avoidable — diseases; testosterone therapy has been found to reduce the risk of suffering from diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95% of all cases of diabetes in adults
Testosterone Therapy and Insulin Resistance
A recent study has found that regular injections of testosterone — testosterone therapy — may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study, which took place over a period of two years, is believed to be the largest ever carried out on the subject, with over 1000 men between the ages of 50 and 74 taking part.
More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, with 90 to 95% of them having type 2. Although type 2 most commonly develops in people aged over 45, increasing number of teens and even children are developing the disease as a result of unhealthy lifestyles.
The disease develops as a result of insulin resistance, when the cells of the body become resistant to the hormone insulin, which is involved in regulating blood sugar levels. High blood sugar is damaging to the body and can cause other serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.
Testosterone Therapy Study
During the long-term study, the 1000 male subjects were divided into two groups: one received injections of testosterone every three months and the other received a placebo. Both groups were given access to a WW (formerly Weight Watchers) lifestyle program. 30% of men across both groups attending the meetings and 70% achieved the recommended amount of exercise.
Both groups lost an average of around 4 kg (8.8 lb). After two years, 21% of men in the placebo group had type 2 diabetes, whereas just 12% of the men who received testosterone injections had developed the disease. The men who received testosterone also showed a greater decrease in fasting blood sugar levels, small improvements to sexual function and increased muscle mass.
“The proportion of men with diabetes at two years in the testosterone treatment group was significantly lower than in the placebo group,” says Professor Gary Wittert, the leader of the study. “Importantly, the men who were most engaged in the WW healthy lifestyle program lost the most body weight.”
It’s well known that men with low testosterone are at risk of a whole host of other chronic conditions beside diabetes, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Although men can expect to lose 1% of their natural testosterone production annually after the age of 30, the last half century has seen an unprecedented collapse in testosterone levels, which may have potentially catastrophic effects for the continuation of the species.
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Changing lifestyles and diets are almost certainly to blame for this precipitous decline, as is the increasingly toxic environment we are now forced to inhabit, which is awash with estrogenic chemicals. Testosterone therapy has recently enjoyed considerable popularity as a way to combat falling testosterone levels throughout adulthood.
Over recent months we have been offering an entire series of articles on the subject of testosterone, to coincide with the eventual release of our book Reclaim Your Masculinity. Unless you have chronically low testosterone levels – if you believe this is the case, you should consult a physician or pay for a test – there are a variety of things you can do to make sure you have optimum testosterone levels.
As well as taking up resistance exercise, you can choose the right diet, as a recent study on low-fat diets has shown. While choosing a low-fat diet will reduce your testosterone levels by 10-15%, a low-fat vegetarian diet can reduce them by a whopping 26%. Certain foods, such as eggs, are superfoods for boosting your natural testosterone production. Other foods should be avoided, including hopped beer.
You can also invest in testosterone-boosting supplements, three of which we have discussed in a recent article instead of seeking out testosterone therapy.