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Andropause

Rabih Hijazi and Glenn R. Cunningham

This chapter seeks to provide you with an overview of the potential effects of testosterone (T) deficiency in aging men. Although we acknowledge the age-related reduction in serum levels of the adrenal androgens, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and dehydroepi-androsterone sulfate (DHEA-S), the chapter focuses on the much more potent testicular androgen, T and its metabolites, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estradiol (E2). Many of the symptoms and signs of aging and testosterone deficiency are shared. Although investigators frequently administer T to aging men in an effort to differentiate symptoms and signs related to aging from those caused by T deficiency, a large definitive study assessing efficacy and risk is lacking. Thus, we seek to provide you with our current understanding of the effects of T deficiency in aging men, using insights from small, nondefinitive clinical trials.

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