What are the different types of male hormones?

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Dawn Marcus
Neurology

Testosterone is thought of as the primary male hormone. In fact, there are several male hormones or androgens, which have important roles in the health of muscles, bone, and skin:

  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) -- the main androgen for both men and women; DHEA is metabolized to form testosterone and androstenedione
  • Testosterone -- higher levels in men result in increased bone and muscle mass as compared with women
  •  Androstenedione -- this compound breaks down into estrogens (estradiol and estrone) and testosterone
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