Type 2 Diabetes and Fertility

Does having type 2 diabetes impact fertility?

Yes, according to a recent study completed by endocrinologists at the University of Buffalo.

The study was made up of 64 men who had been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. These men were between the ages of 18 and 35.

What they found was that the blood of the men with type 2 diabetes was found to have half the amount of free testosterone when compared to the men with type 1 diabetes. This is significant because when men had low levels of free testosterone, they also had low levels of LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). These 3 hormones are crucial for testosterone production and healthy fertility.

You can read more about this study in a future journal issue of Diabetes Care.

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