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Hypogonadism may be linked to type 2 diabetes

30% of type 2 diabetes patients suffer from reduced testosterone production or hypogonadism. This is caused by inadequate functioning of the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus. The pituitary gland controls testosterone production and the hypothalamus controls the pituitary gland. Obesity, which is common amongst diabetics, explains some of the cases of hypogonadism but the diabetes somehow causes the rest. More research needs to be done to determine the mechanism whereby type 2 diabetes results in hypogonadism.

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  • Testosterone disorder

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About: Hypogonadism may be linked to type 2 diabetes

Date: 29 November 2004

Source: News-Medical Net

URL: http://www.news-medical.net/?id=6536

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