Odense Androgen Study: Study of Androgens, Body Composition, and Muscle Function in Danish Men
- To define a reference-population of healthy young men (20-29 years old).
To establish reference-intervals for:
- Total, bioavailable and free serum androgens (testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, androstenedione) and serum estrogens (estradiol, estrone).
- Total and free IGF-1.
- To study the influence of physical activity, alcohol intake, tobacco and abuse of anabolic steroids on serum levels of androgens.
To identify the androgens (or estrogens) that primarily reflect the following parameters:
- Muscle mass, muscle strength, muscle power, oxygen uptake, and hematocrit.
- Bone mineral density and bone metabolism.
- Total and visceral fat mass.
- Lipid- and glucose metabolism and glucocorticoid metabolism.
- Sexual function and quality of life.
- To study the modifying effect of birth weight, the AR gene CAG-repeat polymorphism, and the level of IGF-1 on associations between serum androgens and the measures above:
Ethics, design and schedule:
The local ethic review board approved a population-based, cross-sectional study planned for the inclusion of 800 Caucasian men, 20 to 29 year old, living in the County of Funen. The only exclusion criteria were opioid drug addiction, cancer, and severe chronic disease. A basic questionnaire was mailed to 3000 men, randomly drawn from the Danish Central Personal Registry. Adequately answered questionnaires were returned from 2,199 men, who subsequently received an invitation to participate. Informed consent was obtained from 783 men. The examinations started in March 2002 and terminated in May 2003. Within subject variation was determined for all study parameters in 20 men. The men included matched the men answering the questionnaire on all questionnaire items and demographics. All analyses have been performed, except for the additional serum sex hormone assays, IGF-1 assays and AR gene analyses.
A sequential rule-out from the reference population was performed on the following criteria:
- testicular pathology: bilateral cryptorchidism, varicocele, testes volumina < 10 ml (each), history of spermatic cord torsion.
- severe chronic disease.
- regular medication or abuse of anabolic steroids.
- body mass index < 19 kg/m2.
- safety serum parameters: luteinizing hormone (LH) <1.0 U/L or >8.4 U/l, alanine-amino-transferase (ALAT) >70 U/l and thyrotropin (TSH) >6.0 mU/l.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Random Sample
Primary Purpose: Screening
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Odense Androgen Study – A Population-Based Study of Androgens, Body Composition, and Muscle Function in 20-29 Year-Old Danish Men|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00150163
|Department of Endocrinology, Odense University Hospital|
|Odense, Funen, Denmark, 5000|
|Principal Investigator:||Torben L. Nielsen, MD||Odense University Hospital|