Another reason why men should get their testosterone checked is the risk of osteopenia. While once thought to be a disease that affects mainly women, new research is showing otherwise. A study presented at the American Urology Association in 2015 showed there is a high incidence of osteopenia in men with low levels of testosterone, and these patients are at significant risk for osteoporosis, new research suggests. And the longer they are hypogonadal, the greater the risk.

“Low testosterone is one of the more established risk factors for osteoporosis in men,” said Joseph Ellen, MD, from the Albany Medical Center in New York.

However, “we were surprised that we found such a high incidence of osteopenia and osteoporosis in our clinic, especially because the average age of the men was only about 50 years,” Dr Ellen said at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

 

 

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Men With Low Testosterone Often Have Low Bone Density Too

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