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    Testosterone and Osteoporosis

    Testosterone and Osteoporosis

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    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.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
    Last Revised November 6, 2012

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