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Should Diabetics Take Testosterone Boosters? (Science-Based)

Tyler Sellers
Published by Tyler Sellers
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: January 18, 2022

As a personal fitness trainer, I regularly work with diabetic clients to help them with their fitness side of dealing with diabetes. But it’s only in recent years that doctors and dietitians have started paying more attention to testosterone deficiency.

As I will get to shortly, men with low testosterone levels and diabetes could be facing a double attack on their health and wellbeing.

And that’s why I have been telling clients that testosterone is about so much more than erectile dysfunction and building muscle mass. Our research and experience have shown that diabetic men may significantly improve their health with a testosterone boost.

Let me show you what it’s about.

Summary Of Key Findings

  • Diabetic men with low testosterone levels need to pay close attention that T-levels are diminished significantly.
  • Doctors have been able to prove that testosterone impacts metabolic syndrome, but you have to be careful how to deal with it. 
  • There are several options beyond testosterone replacement that people with diabetes could try out to maintain T-levels.

Can You Take Testosterone Boosters If You’re Diabetic?

man drinking a capsule

As a hormone that influences metabolism [1], insulin has a significant impact on how well you can manage total body fat.

One thing that diabetics tend to struggle with is keeping the body weight off and increasing skeletal muscle strength.

Not surprisingly, free testosterone plays very similar roles, and low testosterone levels combined with insulin resistance can then have an even more drastic effect on the ability to maintain a healthy weight.

And one study, in particular, has attracted a lot of attention.

What The Science Says

A study from 2016 by Dr. Paresh Dandona found that men with diabetes and low testosterone could significantly benefit from testosterone boosters or testosterone treatment [2].

“This is the first definitive evidence that testosterone is an insulin sensitizer and hence a metabolic hormone” - Dr. Paresh Dandona, Professor at University at Buffalo.

His study showed a significant improvement in blood glucose levels with men who underwent testosterone therapy while also being treated for type 2 diabetes.

It was the first detailed proof that diminished insulin sensitivity directly influenced testosterone production, meaning that T-levels are tied to metabolic syndrome.

Does Testosterone Influence Type 1 Or Type 2 Diabetics?

man checking his sugar levels as diabetic

The study I mentioned above showed that low testosterone levels and insulin resistance of type 2 diabetics were the demographic where people had the most significant impact.

Let me show you why by quickly looking at type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetics have a genetic disorder that shows up in early life. These are insulin-dependent diabetics.

Type 2 diabetes is generally related to diet and shows up later in life with diminished insulin sensitivity. Dr. Paresh Dandona was able to show that testosterone was able to influence and mediate insulin signaling genes [2].

Does Diabetes Cause Low Testosterone?

Yes, diabetes has been proven to cause low testosterone levels [3]. The result of this is loss of muscle mass, reduced sexual function, and even high blood pressure.

When diabetic men get back to normal levels, testosterone reduces adiposity, which essentially is weight loss around the gut [4].

And here’s why it’s so important.

Obese males will struggle with their levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) which reduces free testosterone. This causes further fat storage worsening type 2 diabetes, and putting men at higher risk of decreased testosterone and many other health conditions.

It’s a vicious cycle.

How Should Diabetics Maintain Normal Testosterone Levels?

man consulting a doctor

In extreme cases where T-levels have been ignored for a long time, men will have to talk to their doctor about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

This is either a testosterone injection or a topical gel that can make a significant difference in low testosterone levels within a few days or weeks.

But in many cases, a blood test might reveal low testosterone but not critically low. In that case, it’s possible to benefit significantly from natural testosterone boosters.

These herbal, vitamin, and mineral supplements are designed to trigger natural responses in your body that produce more testosterone.

They also aim to stop other processes from transforming testosterone into estrogen.

Results typically take about two months to be noticed, and they can help improve sexual function, weight loss, and even bone density.

Are There Health Risks From Testosterone Boosters For Diabetics?

Generally speaking, there shouldn’t be health risks from these T-boosters. They don’t cause sudden testosterone spikes, and the risks from low testosterone levels are generally a lot higher [5].

With boosted T-levels, it may also be possible to make it a lot easier to live a healthy lifestyle that further helps you lose weight.

However, if you have had trouble managing type 2 diabetes, or your health issues include chronic kidney disease, then you have to talk with your doctor first. In those cases, any testosterone treatment has to be carefully managed [6].

FAQs

Can Low Testosterone Cause Insulin Spikes?

No, low testosterone levels won’t cause insulin spikes. It may cause increased fat storage, which then causes increased insulin resistance. Insulin spikes would generally be associated with sudden spikes in blood sugar.

Is Testosterone a Metabolic Hormone?

Yes, testosterone is one of many metabolic hormones. That means that it doesn’t just impact sexual desire but also is an insulin-sensitizing agent that could help men with type 2 diabetes.

Take The Right Action For Your T-Levels

Studies have shown that diabetes and low testosterone can become a serious health issue leading to obesity, heart disease, oxidative stress, and many other health problems.

And that is something that especially men with type 2 diabetes simply cannot afford.

To counteract low levels of sex hormone, you should have a conversation with your doctor treating diabetes. Gaining control over your testosterone could significantly improve your general health. And it may only require natural boosters to regain that level of control.

And if you need some recommendations for natural testosterone boosters, take a look at our list of test boosters, where we review the best options available.


References:

  1. https://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/17/3/183
  2. https://medicine.buffalo.edu/news_and_events/news.host.html/content/shared/smbs/news/2016/01/testosterone-metabolic-hormone-5346.detail.html
  3. https://www.webmd.com/men/what-low-testosterone-can-mean-your-health
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25982085
  5. https://www.webmd.com/men/what-low-testosterone-can-mean-your-health
  6. https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-020-01594-x

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