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How do low sex hormone levels increase a man's risk for osteoporosis?

David Slovik, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Men produce both estrogen and testosterone. Experts believe that age-related declines in testosterone levels may cause bone loss. Men's estrogen levels also may fall with age, and there is evidence that this may be as significant as declines in testosterone, if not more so. A study involving 793 men found that the men who had low levels of both testosterone and estrogen had the greatest risk of breaking a hip. The researchers noted that the men with only low testosterone didn't appear to have a higher risk of hip fracture.

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