Objective: Long-term androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) negatively influen ces bone. The short-term effects on bone and mineral homeostasis are less known. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the early effects of ADT on calcium/phosphate homeostasis and bone turnover. Design: Prospective cohort study. Methods: Eugonadal adult, male sex offenders, who were referred for ADT to the endocrine outpatient clinic, received cyproterone acetate. Changes in blood markers of calcium/phosph ate homeostasis and bone turnover between baseline and first follow-up visit were studied. Results: Of 26 screened patients, 17 were included. The median age was 44 (range 20-75) years. The median time interval between baseline and first follow-up was 13 (6-27) week s. Compared to baseline, an 81% decrease was observed for median total testosterone (to 3.4 nmol/L (0.4-12.2 ); P < 0.0001) and free testosterone (to 0.06 nmol/L (0.01-0.18); P < 0.0001). Median total estradiol decreased by 71% (to 17.6 pmol/L (4.7-35.6); P < 0.0001). Increased serum calcium (P < 0.0001) and phosphate (P = 0.0016) was observed, paralleled by decreased PTH (P = 0.0156) and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (P = 0.0134). The stable calcium isotope ratio (δ44/42Ca) decreased (P = 0.0458), indicating net calcium loss from bone. Bone-specific alkaline phosphatase and o steocalcin decreased (P < 0.0001 and P = 0.0056, respectively), periostin tended to decrease (P = 0.0500), whereas sclerostin increased (P < 0.0001), indicating suppressed bone formation. Serum bone resorption markers (TRAP, CTX) were unaltered. Conclusions: In adult men, calcium release from the skeleton occurs early f ollowing sex steroid deprivation, reflecting early bone resorption. The increase of sclerostin and reduction of bone formation markers, without changes in resorption markers, suggests a dominant negative effect on bone formation in the acute phase.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism