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Old 08-21-2007, 02:54 PM   #1
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Shrinking testicles

My brother is a diabetic and has noticed that in the past few years, he has a problem with his testicles shrinking. We are very close so we talk about our health issues. He is afraid to ask himself. Has anyone had this issue?

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Old 08-21-2007, 09:07 PM   #2
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Re: Shrinking testicles

Shrinking testicles is usually a sign of secondary hypogonadism, meaning low testosterone. The pituitary gland in the brain sends LH and FSH to the testicles to tell them to make Testosterone and sperm. If LH/FSH are too low then T and sperm levels will drop and over a long period of time the testicles will shrink...also called testicular atrophy. Just like a muscle would shrink if you stopped using it or exercising it.

Does he have nightime/morning erections? If not, he should have his LH and Testosterone levels checked.

 
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:17 AM   #3
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Re: Shrinking testicles

besides the hormone problem mentioned in the above post he could have a blood flow problem to that area. He should definitely see a doctor and discuss it to find out if his diebetes is causing the problem or his hormones are out of whack. But even if he has hormone problems taking replacement hormones may not bring the size back.

 
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Good point Bengie, also I think a variciole (spelling?) can cause this.

If it is hormones, taking hormone replacement will make the testicles shrink even further. You need to either find a way to increase LH or take HCG (which is very similar to LH) to keep them from shrinking further. Either of these solutions may increase size somewhat also.

 
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Re: Shrinking testicles

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Shrinking testicles is usually a sign of secondary hypogonadism, meaning low testosterone. The pituitary gland in the brain sends LH and FSH to the testicles to tell them to make Testosterone and sperm. If LH/FSH are too low then T and sperm levels will drop and over a long period of time the testicles will shrink...also called testicular atrophy. Just like a muscle would shrink if you stopped using it or exercising it.

Does he have nightime/morning erections? If not, he should have his LH and Testosterone levels checked.
He can't get an erection. He states that his hormone levels are fine but I think maybe its the blood flow issue as at one point he was almost 500 lbs. He had the lap band surgery so now he is about 300 lbs. He is 6 feet tall. Unfortunately the weight issue caused many irriversable health problems.

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Old 08-23-2007, 10:28 AM   #6
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Did he go to an endo to get his levels checked? My gp missed my hormon problem for years (you have a hairy chest you dont have hormone problems) It was the endo who found my pit tumor and got that fixed and got me on the hormons I needed.

Diebetes can difinitly cause ED. Its something he will have to talk to his doctor about. soon!

 
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