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Monday, April 9, 2012

What Should Be the Cut-Off Total Testosterone Blood Level for Men with Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus is a common chronic disease, affecting 0.5–2% worldwide. The Massachusetts Male Aging Study reported that up to 75% of men with diabetes have a lifetime risk of developing ED. Type 2 diabetes is associated with low total serum testosterone (TT) identified in several cross-sectional studies and systemic analyses. There is a lack of consensus regarding what constitutes the lowest level of testosterone within the boundaries of normality.

This study proposes a cut-off value of 403.5 ng/dl of TT blood levels as an indicator for initiation of testosterone replacement therapy in diabetic men with ED.

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