Low testosterone levels could trigger diabetes in men
Scientists believe that a protein called RBP4 plays a crucial role in regulating insulin resistance when testosterone is impaired.
They found that levels of RBP4 were higher in mice in which the role of testosterone was impaired.
The Edinburgh team said its findings could lead to the development of new treatments that regulate production of RBP4 and reduce the risk of diabetes in men with lower levels of testosterone.
Researchers are now planning to study patients with Type-2 diabetes to see if their levels of testosterone correlate with levels of RBP 4.
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