Low Testosterone?

PetiePal
By PetiePal Latest Reply 2011-01-07 08:35:21 -0600
Started 2011-01-06 13:57:37 -0600

Hi everyone! I was diagnosed last Summer on August 23rd. I had initially had a 11.3 A1c from an office health fair blood test conducted last June. In August it was 11.1 when I visited my endocrinologist. I had bloodwork done right after Christmas and just found out I'm down to 6.1% which is great! However I'm still concerned about…my libido 0_o. A little embarrassing to discuss or bring up..but I'm over that lol.

I'm currently 28 however I remember having a much higher sex drive in my earlier 20s. I may have been prediabetic for a few years and I do weight more than I did then. I do some light exercise currently and now that my sugars are much more under control (Average of 120) I had expected this to improve. What does a testosterone blood test involve just having blood drawn like my normal tests? I've been experiencing less interest in sex, less stamina and sometimes have trouble staying erect.

I was recently reading the telltale signs…lower libido, falling asleep after dinner, disinterest in a lot of things, moody/grumpy and ED. It all seemed to ring a little true. Anyone out there have any exp?


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PetiePal
PetiePal 2011-01-07 08:35:21 -0600 Report

Thanks Mays that's great info and everyone else too. Also I've got borderline high blood pressure that is not being medicated yet. I asked my endo last time I went to him since I've had borderline for about a year and he did prescribe a HBP medication at my urging but I haven't called it in to my mail away just yet. I've really been wanting to up my walking and exercise and see if I can't lower my blood pressure myself without meds.

I've heard that HBP meds can actually kill your libido or be another contributing factor to ED as well. At this point my A1c is down to 6.1, my average sugars are 120, so my diabetes is under good control according to my diabetic/endo. Perhaps I just need to try spurring my testosterone a bit.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-06 22:05:52 -0600 Report

My husband has not pituitary glad, and so no testosterone is produced. His is injected and the test to find that can be run with your normal lipid panel. No special test, just the same blood draw. So get it checked out. Don't settle for a pill or a patch...ask for the injection. It works the best for my husband.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-01-06 15:47:34 -0600 Report

Your telltale signs are typical of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes , even if your numbers are acceptable, it takes time for the body to make the adjustment.
Testosterone therapy is great, but it doesn't work for all males.
Both diabetes, and diet can have an effect on your libido.

These may interest you:

http://men.webmd.com/features/low-testosteron...

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/...

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/...

~Mays~

Harlen
Harlen 2011-01-06 14:19:22 -0600 Report

Hello
Go see your endo they will be able to help you
I use a tesosterone replacement they will give you a blodd test to see if thats the thinf or not
It works for me lol
Best wishes
Harlen

PetiePal
PetiePal 2011-01-06 15:09:21 -0600 Report

I just saw him about 2 weeks ago not due again until April but I may schedule an appt sooner or just call..I never really thought WHY I had less of one…just thought I was getting older but once diagnosed all these connected lines in my mind started getting drawn