Osteoporosis in men

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Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones. It’s often thought of as a disease that affects women since it’s more common in women than men. But men can also develop osteoporosis, especially when they reach age 65 and older.

Osteoporosis is a “silent” disease. It often has no symptoms until it is so severe that you break a bone. It is one of the major causes of bone fractures in older men.

These fractures most often arise in bones of the hip, spine, and wrist, but can affect any bone.

A fracture after age 50 is an important signal that a person may have osteoporosis. Unfortunately, men are less likely than women to be evaluated for osteoporosis after a fracture. Men also are less likely to get osteoporosis treatment.

But treatment strategies are the same for both men and women. These include medications and lifestyle changes.

Men and women have similar risk factors for osteoporosis. People who have chronic diseases like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk. So are those who smoke or drink too much alcohol.

You can take steps to prevent osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercise is a great way to strengthen bones, especially if you start at a young age.

Exercise can also help prevent falls that lead to fractures. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can help, too.

If you care about pain, please read studies about vitamin K deficiency linked to hip fractures in old people, and these vitamins could help reduce bone fracture risk.

For more information about wellness, please see recent studies that Krill oil could improve muscle health in older people, and eating yogurt linked to lower frailty in older people.