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Abstract

Biochemical markers of bone turnover can be used to study the pathophysiology of osteoporosis. So far there have been few such studies in men. The aims of this study were to determine the effect of aging on bone turnover and to identify which hormones might regulate bone turnover in men. We studied 178 healthy Caucasian men, ages 20–79 years (30 per decade). The data for the effect of age on bone turnover was best fit by a quadratic function (nadirs at age 56, 57, 53, 39, and 58 years for intact propeptide of type I procollagen, osteocalcin, bone alkaline phosphatase, free deoxypyridinoline, and cross-linked N-telopeptides of type I collagen, respectively). For most markers, bone turnover tended to be highest in the third decade, lowest in the fifth and sixth decade, with a small increase in some markers in the eighth decade. Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, testosterone, estradiol, and free androgen index all decreased significantly with age (54, 17, 76, 26, 33, and 57%, respectively), while sex hormone binding globulin and parathyroid hormone increased significantly with age (62% and 43%). IGF-I and sex hormones were positively correlated with bone turnover, and this association was stronger in young men than older men. In conclusion, increased IGF-I and sex hormones may be associated with increased bone turnover in young men, with less influence on bone turnover in older men.