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MI Risk Higher in Diabetes With Low T
But no such relationship was seen in men without diabetes or in women regardless of diabetes status, Daka reported at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting here. “In the future, we probably could use serum testosterone for the assessment of cardiovascular risk in men with type 2 diabetes,” he said, noting that the findings should be validated in other studies before drawing a definitive conclusion. Previous studies have revealed a relationship between low testosterone and the development of type 2 diabetes in men, as well as with a greater risk of cardiovascular mortality in otherwise healthy men. The current analysis used data from 538 men and 571 women 40 and older (mean age 62) who were living in Skara in southwest Sweden and responded to a survey conducted in 1993 to 1994. All had total testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) measured with radioimmunoassays; free testosterone was calculated using the Vermeulen method. At baseline, the level of total testosterone was 13.5 mmol/L in men and 1.00 mmol/L in women.
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