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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Reproductive hormones in aging men. I. Measurement of sex steroids, basal luteinizing hormone, and Leydig cell response to human chorionic gonadotropin.

Although alterations of circulating sex steroids have been reported in aging men, it is not known to what extent reported changes may represent effects of variables other than aging. We have measured sex hormone levels, serum binding, the testosterone ( T) response to hCG, and basal LH levels in 69 male volunteers, aged 25-89 yr, without alcoholism, obesity, chronic illness, or severe prostatic disease, and not using potentially interfering medications. In our study there was no effect of age on serum T, 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone, estrone, or estradiol. Binding of T to T-binding globulin increased slightly with age, but not enough to decrease the free T index (fraction free X T concentration). Basal serum LH rose significantly. The T response to hCG suggested a somewhat diminished Leydig cell reserve with age, a conclusion consistent with the LH elevation. Our failure to detect the decreased T and free T index or increased estrogens reported by others could reflect afternoon rather than morning sampling, but is more likely to be due to our use of exceptionally healthy volunteers. We suggest that factors other than aging might have influenceed the data previously reported, and that aging per se need not be associated with altered sex steroid levels in the human male.[1]


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