[Effects of some micronutrients on partial androgen deficiency in the aging male]

Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue. 2005 Oct;11(10):784-6.
[Article in Chinese]


With the step-up of the aging process, the increase of old population and the advance of living standard, China has already entered into the aged society. Problems on the health and life quality of the aging male have been receiving more and more attention from scientific researchers. Partial androgen deficiency in the aging male (PADAM) is a kind of syndrome which affects the aging male s health. At present, testosterone supplementation therapy is mostly used to improve the symptoms of PADAM, but it may bring some adverse effects, such as erythrocytosis and hyperplasia and carcinoma of the prostate. Some studies have shown that quite a few nutrients, especially vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc and selenium are favorably related to androgen deficiency and sperm production. This article discussed the effects of micronutrients on PADAM.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Androgens / deficiency*
  • Deficiency Diseases / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Micronutrients / therapeutic use*
  • Middle Aged
  • Selenium / therapeutic use
  • Vitamin A / therapeutic use
  • Vitamin E / therapeutic use
  • Zinc / therapeutic use


  • Androgens
  • Micronutrients
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium
  • Zinc