Diabetes is Australia's fastest growing chronic disease, with nearly one million Australians diagnosed.
Diabetes Australia states that up to 60 per cent of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented, with a groundbreaking $4.8 million study aiming to help men most at risk of developing it.
The study is the first of its kind in the world which will look at the potential benefit of using testosterone supplements in conjunction with a weight-loss program to treat the men.
The study is looking for up to 1,500 men aged 50-74 in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales.
Leader of the study Professor Gary Wittert of the University of Adelaide's School of Medicine said that as men get older and gain weight they often suffer from reduced testosterone levels.
"Lower testosterone has many implications for men's health, such as reduced motivation to exercise and lack of sexual function. It is also closely associated with type 2 diabetes, which is an enormous health burden for Australia.
"By giving testosterone supplements to men in that critical pre-diabetes stage, and by putting them on a dedicated weight-loss program, we expect to see sustained reductions in weight and a reduced chance to develop type 2 diabetes."
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