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Low DHT linked to hip fracture in men

Key clinical point: In older men, circulating levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and sex hormone–binding globulin (SHBG) independently predict risk of hip fracture.

Major finding: Each standard deviation increase in DHT (0.23 ng/ml) correlated with a 26% decreased risk of hip fracture (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.74; 95% confidence interval, 0.55-1.00; P = .049).

Study details: A prospective cohort study involving 1,128 men 65 years and older who were free of cardiovascular disease.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute on Aging. The investigators reported no conflicts of interest.


Rosenberg EA et al. Metabolism. 2020 Oct 12. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2020.154399.