Men’s Health Week

Testosterone to treat Type 2 Diabetes

Men’s Health Week

Post by: Spinnaker Foundation
Post on: June 22, 2020

Exciting results of a multi-centre, Australia wide research project has demonstrated that the combination of testosterone treatment with a healthy lifestyle program can reduce the risk, or reverse the incidence, of diabetes in men.

The Spinnaker team had the privilege of attending a presentation at Fiona Stanley Hospital of the T4DM study by Prof Bu Yeap to share the results of the research project “Testosterone to prevent Type 2 Diabetes in high risk men” with local health and research practitioners in WA.  As diabetes is one of the leading causes of ill-health in the world, these findings have significant local and global impact. The two-year was conducted across five capital cities in Australia and was led by Prof Gary Wittert of The University of Adelaide who officially presented the findings this week. Study centres included Fremantle and Fiona Stanley Hospitals.

Prof Bu Yeap pictured outside Fiona Stanley Hospital


Prof Yeap is a past and current grant recipient of Spinnaker HRF and is seeking to expand his research, which has continued with a generous gift from Michael Buckley and the team at  Lawley Pharmaceuticals. His work examines the influence of testosterone on men’s health, including diabetes and heart disease, and the effects of combining testosterone with exercise. The findings will be of significance to the current and future understanding of preventative medicine. A recent collaborative study with Prof Merrilee Needham looked at the effects of testosterone and exercise in men with Inclusion Body Myositis. Watch this space!