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Fracture risk for older men with low testosterone

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Men aged over 60 who have low blood testosterone levels are more likely to suffer fractures, according to a study.
Researchers in Australia observed 609 men, with an average of 73 between January 1989 and December 2005.

Serum testosterone and estradiol levels were measured and the occurrence of a low-trauma fracture was determined during follow up.

Low-trauma fractures occurred in 113 men. Those with low blood testosterone levels were 33% more likely to suffer from a fracture.

Authors write: ‘While testosterone may affect fracture risk via skeletal and non-skeletal mechanisms, the present findings suggest that measurement of serum testosterone provides additional clinical information for the assessment of fracture risk in elderly men.’

Archives of Internal Medicine (2008) 168:47-54
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