Diabetes and Testosterone

Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD – Women’s International Pharmacy


A testosterone deficiency has long been suspected in people with diabetes. A recent study concluded that males with sexual performance issues and/or abdominal obesity and metabolic diseases should be tested for low testosterone and treated accordingly.

A literature review examined the effects of testosterone therapy on patients with metabolic syndrome and found that they exhibited decreased fasting blood sugar, waist measurement, and triglyceride levels. In addition, insulin-dependent diabetic women with no menstrual cycle were found to have significantly lower levels of testosterone than cycling diabetic and non-diabetic women.

Diabetic men and women may want to have their testosterone level evaluated in light of the above findings.

  • “Testosterone Deficiency in Men: Systematic Review and Standard Operating Procedures for Diagnosis and Treatment” by Buvat J, Maggi M, Guay A, Torres LO; The Journal of Sex Medicine; 2012 Sept 12 (Epub ahead of print).
  • “Testosterone and metabolic syndrome: a meta-analysis study” by Corona G, Monami M, Rastrelli G, et al.; The Journal of Sex Medicine; 2011 Jan; 8 (1):272-83.
  • “Serum sex hormone concentrations in insulin dependent diabetic women with and without amenorrhoea” by Djursing H, Hagen C, Nyboe Andersen A, Svenstrup B, Bennett P, Molsted Pedersen L.; Clinical Endocrinology (Oxf); 1985 Aug:23 (2):147-54.