Diabetes Testosterone (Total and Free)
Testosterone is a hormone. We associate it most with men and masculinity. It’s what puts hair on a man’s chest, and it’s the force behind his sex drive. Testosterone is synonymous with masculinity. But guess what? Women produce it too!
The body produces testosterone naturally from cholesterol. Optimal levels can protect the heart, improve mental alertness, make bones stronger, and, yes, revive a sagging sex life. It is needed for hormonal balance and to help women’s bodies to function normally. If your body is producing too much testosterone, you may have more body hair than average, have abnormal or no menstrual periods, or be infertile. A testosterone test, in conjunction with measuring other hormone levels, can help your healthcare provider to understand what is causing your symptoms.
Testosterone helps men reduce body fat and improves the way their bodies handle insulin. Low testosterone is a common condition that often goes undiagnosed because its symptoms are similar to other conditions. Men with Type 2 diabetes are two times more likely to suffer from low testosterone than men without Type 2 diabetes. It is generally recommended for diabetics to get tested for low testosterone levels prior to any symptoms.
Symptoms for Low Testosterone
Aging affects testosterone levels. After age 30, most men experience a gradual decline. The decline is so gradual, that most don’t experience noticeable symptoms related to it until they enter their 50s. Low testosterone levels can affect almost every major system in a man’s body. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Mental fogginess/fuzziness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle loss
- Weight gain
- Loss of facial hair
- Decreased sex drive
ARCpoint for Low Testosterone Testing
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