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Low testosterone mistaken for diabetes experience

4th May 2007

A friend of mine recently wanted to share his experience in case he can help some guys who may be suffering from low testosterone (low T) without realizing it.

Hello Guys, Just wanted to pass along some info that changed my life for the better physically. About 12 years ago I started to become very fatigued. Not able to get up in the morning and walking around just basically feeling tired all the time. It got to the point were I almost fell asleep while driving about 2 years ago. I thought I might have diabetes so I ended up going to an Endocrine specialists to find out what was wrong.

It turns out after a complete blood test I did not have diabetes. I had very low testostereone. Doctor said my normal level for my age should be 220 and I was only 20. Doctor asked me If my mother smoked. Well she was a 2 pack a day person I told the doctor. It turns out they are finding that the pituitary gland can have problems regulating testosterone in males if the mother smokes. The doctor told me I had this condition all my life and didn’t recognize it until I stopped being athletic every day. The symptoms gradually increased as I got older. (about 12 years ago)

Well, I went on a testosterone cream and have had my blood levels check every 6 months. I rub the cream on both shoulders down to the tricep once daily. My blood is at the normal level and I feel incredible. I have started running again over the last year (up to 5 miles a day) and feel great.

I actually gave this info to two of my friends and one of them had the same exact issue. Just thought to pass this on. It’s my good deed for the year!! Just trying to help out. If you have symptoms like I did I suggest going to the doctor and specifically you want a blood for Low T when diabetes is first thought of.

One doctor replied that he has had many male patients begin testosterone treatment coincidentally while they were doing therapy/rehab. The change in them was significant and positive from energy level to mood and attitude about life. Now if he sees a guy who just seems to have lost his spark he mentions to ask his GP about having his hormone levels checked if he hasn’t had it done already.

One person asked if the testosterone cream was helping muscle growth. The answer was, “it’s not really helping muscle growth. Doctor said I would get leaner and I have. I feel like I have alot more energy. I have been on it for two years. I haven’t seen muscle growth. Just a hell of alot of energy. One thing I noticed is that I do not drink alot of coffee any more.”

Another person asked if the cream worked as a male enhancer. The answer was “Having a normal testosterone level is better then viagra if you get my drift. The way a specialist explained it too me unless you had a physical accident to your body. having a regular testosterone level is all you need for…well lasting longer and more often. I don’t think it makes you physically bigger if that is what you mean by male enhancement.”

Finally, someone asked if there were any side effects from using the testosterone cream. The answer was “One thing is heightened awareness. The doctor said my prostate can enlarge but that is one reason why i go for checkups every six months for last two years. I have not had this problem. Doctor told me any time you increase testosterone your prostate will enlarge but if you do not have much testosterone your prostate will be small. Its all relative he said.”

6 Responses to “Low testosterone mistaken for diabetes experience”

  1. jeffreydachmd Says:

    Shaun Micheel won the PGA Championship in 2003 with one of the most dramatic shots in history, and his frank discussion of his treatment for low testosterone in the golf magazines sparks renewed interest for men over 50 in this aspect of medical treatment.

    One question that always comes up is:

    Does Testosterone Therapy cause Prostate Cancer?

    Dr. Rhoden reviewed 72 medical studies and found no evidence that testosterone therapy causes prostate cancer. For a link to the Rhoden article in the January 2004 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, see this page:

    Low Testosterone Diagnosis and Treatment

    Or see my NewsLetter

    Jeffrey Dach MD

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  3. Lance Chambers Says:

    If you want to discover if your fatigue, sleeplessness, loss of muscle bulk, etc. may be a low testosterone issue then go to the webpage I have posted and have a read. They also have an online t-level test that will let you know if you may be suffering from testosterone deficiency.

  4. Claire Says:

    My husband began being troubled with symptoms like fatigue and vague depression 4-5 years ago. His doctor immediately suspected diabetes, and it’s true that his blood sugar was too high, though on the marginal side. He began watching his diet and taking statins and Metformin (Glucophage). He’s not all that great about watching his diet, his weight, or his level of exercise, and his A1C tests reflect that, although they’re still not that high. However, the fatigue did not noticeably improve; in fact he began to suffer even more from erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and loss of libido. We assumed these were effects of the diabetes, or of the diabetes treatment (plus statins), or both. It finally occurred to us to ask his doctor about his testosterone levels. Although the doctor was a bit skeptical, my husband did turn out to test quite a bit below the baseline level. He’s now started using a topical testosterone gel and has reported an immediate improvement in energy level and ability to concentrate, so we’re looking forward to seeing what the effect will be on ED and libido. I have read that increased testosterone levels are associated with improving the problem of insulin resistance. In fact, one of the potential adverse side effects of testosterone is a sudden drop in blood sugar. It’s not really clear to me from the reading I’ve done whether Type II diabetes causes low T or vice versa, or whether both are symptoms of some more general underlying disorder, maybe the thing they’ve started calling “metabolic disorder.” For now, the point is that diabetes treatments apparently can exacerbate low T levels, while increased T levels can assist in controlling the diabetes. GPs don’t normally ask questions about libido and sexual dysfunction, and if they do, they tend to assume that these are just symptoms of diabetes, which they are. But low T may be involved as well. A testosterone blood test is not very expensive. It’s worth it to press your doctor to look into this at your next checkup.

  5. Amelie Griffiths Says:

    diabetes is a serious disease but it can be avoided by having an physically active lifestyle~`,

  6. Raphael Says:

    Thanks for informing us, this has been very helpful.. Before I go to the doctors I really want to explore every possibility before they tell me what it might be… I don’t think it could be depression because I’ve always been a happy person, and out of nowhere the symptoms just hit me.. I have ignored the symptoms because I figured it was “normal” or I thought they might go away… After about five+ years of the same thing I decided to search and found I had similar symptoms of diabetic…. But I really don’t want to jump to any conculsion….