Androgel is the brand name of a testosterone replacement gel product availabile by prescription applied daily by rubbing it into one's shoulders.
The other day, since coming on this forum, I read on Web MD that, in some men, diabetes and Low T occur together. Although it suggests that one's pre-diabetic/ diabetic condition causes Low T, they admit all the information is not in yet.
This new information is now important to me because the primary reason I went to an endo two years ago, was to check out the cause of my Low T. Her observation that I was pre-diabetic came up as a secondary issue, but to my recollection she has never suggested a link of the two problems.
Rather, for the Low T, an MRI showed a very small pituitary edenoma(tumor) which commonly causes the pituitary to over produce prolactin, a hormone promoting lactation in women following child birth. It has the effect of lowering the testerosterone. Men also have this hormone, but when out of wack it causes the lowering testosterone.
Two years ago Dostinex was prescribed to control the prolactin over production and during that period my Total T and Free T became normal again for a brief time. Then while the Total T continued to get better, the Free T number( more important )began to drop off to the current 0.33 level. The normal range is 1.0-2.5.
So, now I am thinking that if the Androgel helps my Free T then maybe the pre-diabetic condition would be helped?
If this is confusing to you, it is to me too. When I told my father who is 88 about my intention to start the testosterone therapy he said you look good to me, how do you feel? When I responded, "fine", he said, "then forget the testosterone stuff". Something to ponder.
However, my wife has been taking estrogen for years following a hysterecotomy to balance her hormones. I think Androgel is like doing the same thing.