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Leow MKS, Loh KC
Correspondence: Dr Melvin K S Leow, email@example.com
Specific endocrine changes occur with the ageing process. The last decade has witnessed significant progress in the basic and clinical science of ageing, thereby rejuvenating the interest in anti-ageing medicine, especially that of hormone replacement, by medical professionals and the lay public. However, endocrine manipulation as a therapeutic strategy for ageing is still evolving as continuing research attempts to answer the many questions of what it can achieve at the risk of incurring unknown long-term adverse effects. The current day doctor is confronted with a host of options, and will benefit from a synopsis of the latest evidence before making the most appropriate decision for aged patients seeking hormonal replacement therapy as a means to counter the effects of ageing. This review aims to give a rapid overview of the endocrine profile of geriatric population and the studies on the more controversial hormonal replacement therapies for the aged.
Keywords: ageing, androgens, growth hormone, hormone replacement, melatonin
Singapore Med J 2006; 47(7): 569-579