Building on our last post on testosterone researchers presenting at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2015 Annual Meeting presented a paper which found low testosterone associated with low bone density. Low testosterone is one of the more established risk factors for low bone mineral density in men but this paper has really defined how closely associated this is.
Testosterone is responsible for building a young man’s muscles and deepens his voice during puberty in adulthood, it keeps a man’s muscles and bones strong and maintains his interest in sex. In short, it’s what makes a man a man (at least physically). As I mentioned in the last post testosterone levels begin to decline after age 30 which can lead to a feeling of fatigue, depression, weakness, and a weakened sex drive. There are pathological causes of low testosterone which you should be evaluated for if you have low testosterone. It has been believed, though, that low testosterone is something that occurs naturally with aging but if the research in our last post is true, low levels of Vitamin D can be at least partially to blame. If the evidence in our last post is true perhaps there are other causes such as living a sedentary lifestyle and having poor nutritional habits that have more to due with a drop in testosterone than calling it a natural occurrence with advancing age. This could mean that testosterone levels can be improved by getting enough Vitamin D, engaging in regular strenuous exercise, and eating healthy.
Back to the topic at hand, low bone mineral density is a growing problem for men. We can expect about 50% of men over the age of 50 to experience a fracture related to osteoporosis at some point in their life. The authors of this paper found that 44% of patients in their study who had low testosterone also had low bone mineral density. They also found that the longer a person has low testosterone the greater the likelihood of developing osteoporosis. A study published last year had similar findings in men younger than 50; 38% of a group of patients with low testosterone were found to have low bone mineral density. If you have low testosterone it is likely you might have low bone mineral density or are at risk for developing low bone mineral density.
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