Testosterone and Osteoporosis
Testosterone is one of the hormones needed for sexual development. Although testosterone is present in both men and women, it is considered a male sex hormone (androgen) and is produced in much higher amounts in men than in women. Testosterone helps a person's body maintain strong, healthy bones.
Testosterone levels slowly decline after age 45 to 50. A decline in testosterone at any age increases a man's risk of osteoporosis.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine|
|Last Revised||November 6, 2012|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 6, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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