Although women are more susceptible to develop osteoporosis, men also suffer from the disease. If you believe that you are protected from developing osteoporosis because you are a man … you are mistaken.
- One in four men over the age of 50 is at risk of having a fracture as a result of osteoporosis(1).
- Two million American men have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis. About 12 million others are at risk for developing the disease.
- Men over the age of 50 are more likely to have an osteoporotic fracture than to have prostate cancer(2).
- About 25 % of hip fractures occur in men(5).
- Vertebral fractures (in the spine) or hip fractures are common in men, and usually occur at an older age than they occur in women(4).
- Men are more likely to die within a year following a hip fracture, compared to women(3).
Most risk factors for osteoporosis affect men and women equally. Risk factors include: family history, long-term corticosteroid consumption, smoking, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and specific medical conditions.
Just like in women who are prone to bone loss when their estrogen levels drop, men are at risk for bone loss when their testosterone levels decrease.
Rebuild Your Future
If you have one or more of the risk factors for osteoporosis, it is important to talk about it with your physician.
If your daily diet does not provide the amount of calcium recommended by the Ministry of Health, bone loss processes may begin earlier in life. For the prevention of bone mass deterioration, it is recommended to add DENSITYTM – the new generation of calcium supplement with the doubled absorption, to your daily diet.
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(1) Cooper C, Campion G, Melton LJ, 3rd (1992) Hip fractures in the elderly: a world-wide projection. Osteoporos Int 2:285.
(2) Merrill RM, Weed DL, Feuer EJ (1997) The lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer in white and black men. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 6:763.
(3) Center JR, Nguyen TV, Schneider D, et al. (1999) Mortality after all major types of osteoporotic fracture in men and women: an observational study. Lancet 353:878.
(4) O’Neill TW, Felsenberg D, Varlow J, et al. (1996) The prevalence of vertebral deformity in european men and women: the European Vertebral Osteoporosis Study. J Bone Miner Res 11:1010.
(5) Seeman E (1995) The dilemma of osteoporosis in men. Am J Med 98:76S.