Testosterone Replacement May Lower Death Rate Among Type 2 Men

Testosterone Molecule

| May 2, 2011

British researchers say that testosterone replacement therapy for type 2 men with low testosterone levels could reduce their death rate significantly. Over the course of a six-year study by the University of Sheffield, only 8.6 percent of low-testosterone subjects who were given replacement therapy died, compared to 20 percent of low-testosterone subjects who did not receive the therapy.  

The study involved 587 type 2 men who were divided into three groups:
• Men with normal testosterone levels (Nine percent of this group died over the course of the study)
• Men with low testosterone levels who were not treated with replacement therapy (20 percent of this group died over the course of the study)
• Men with low testosterone levels who received replacement therapy (8.6 percent of this group died over the course of the study, slightly fewer than in the normal testosterone-level group)

The study results confirm a suspicion that low testosterone levels, which occur in many men with type 2 diabetes, can be linked to an increased risk of death. However, these results also suggest that it may be possible to offer a fairly simple treatment to counter that risk. Further studies on a larger scale will be needed to confirm the findings.

The researchers presented their findings in early April at the Society for Endocrinology BES 2011 meeting in Birmingham, UK.

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Categories: Case Studies, Complications & Care, Diabetes, Diabetes, Diabetes Education, Health, Hormones, Men's Issues, Type 2 Issues


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Posted by Anonymous on 3 May 2011

What's considered low testosterone? Is it by age? And, what about type 1 diabetics? I tried testosterone hormone therapy for 6 months and I never felt better. I had tons of energy and never felt better, I just couldn't afford it. It was a very minimal dosage that brought my levels from 700 to 1000, I was leaned out with little body fat and just felt great. Now I take nothing and feel awful and my test levels are still around 700.

Posted by bowler10pin on 6 May 2011

If a drug (casodex) is used to lower your testosterone because of prostate cancer does that same finding apply regarding low testosterone levels.


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