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Low Testosterone Levels Found in Diabetic Young Men

Research shows that about a third of young men with type 2 diabetes have a problem with low testosterone levels. This can lead to more serious health problems such as impaired sexual function, reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction, weak bones and increased risk of heart and vascular disease.

Dr. Paresh Dandona and colleagues from the State University of New York at Buffalo reported their find in the journal Diabetes Care. They measured circulating testosterone levels in 24 type 2 diabetic men and 38 type 1 diabetic men between the ages of 18 and 35.

Levels of testosterone in type 2 diabetics were significantly lower than in type 1 diabetics. Of the type 2 diabetic men, 33% had low testosterone levels with 58% below normal for their age.

Men with low testosterone levels have low levels of luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone. Their testes do not function properly resulting in a condition called "hypogonadotrophic hypogonadism."

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