Diabetes

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Posted by: sarina ostler | 2012/08/20

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treatment of insulin resistance with testosterone

this is not about sex it is about saving my husbands life please

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Dear Sarina

If a patient has low testosterone, defined by a level below a particular cut-off and has associated symptoms, then they would be eligible for testosterone treatment, provided that there is no other treatable cause. Studies have shown that testosterone treatment can improve insulin resistance, but to date no study has shown that this will prevent a patient from getting diabetes. There was a recent study showing weight reduction after many years of treatment, and this weight loss would also help improve insulin resistance. Testosterone treatment has not been shown to make patients live longer.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/08/23

Dear Sarina

If a patient has low testosterone, defined by a level below a particular cut-off and has associated symptoms, then they would be eligible for testosterone treatment, provided that there is no other treatable cause. Studies have shown that testosterone treatment can improve insulin resistance, but to date no study has shown that this will prevent a patient from getting diabetes. There was a recent study showing weight reduction after many years of treatment, and this weight loss would also help improve insulin resistance. Testosterone treatment has not been shown to make patients live longer.

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