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Osteoporosis, Skin Collagen, and Androgen

Br Med J 1970; 4 doi: (Published 26 December 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;4:773

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  1. Martin M. Black,
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    Total skin collagen was found to be decreased in untreated patients with osteoporosis, particularly women, but increased after treatment with androgens in women. Decreased body collagen may possibly be a primary defect in osteoporosis, while androgens may increase total skin collagen.