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Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2010 Apr;38(2):61-7. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e3181d496bc.

Mechanisms behind estrogen's beneficial effect on muscle strength in females.

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Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA. lowex017@umn.edu

Abstract

Muscle weakness ensues when serum testosterone declines with age in men. Testosterone's female counterpart, estrogen, also has been implicated in age-related strength loss, but these results are less conclusive. Our working hypothesis is that estrogens do benefit muscle strength, and that the underlying mechanism involves estrogen receptors to improve muscle quality more so than quantity.

PMID:
20335737
PMCID:
PMC2873087
DOI:
10.1097/JES.0b013e3181d496bc
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