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Men Do Get Osteoporosis

Posted Oct 15 2009 10:01pm

Osteoporosis is yet another one of those diseases that is almost always thought of as a woman’s disease. Unfortunately, it’s not specific to women and many men do get osteoporosis as well.

iStock_neckxray While with women, there are obvious target times in their life that encourage checking the condition of their bones, such as menopause, men don’t have a landmark like that. So doctors need to be more aware of the potential of the disease, watching for specific issues that would show that the male patient may be at higher risk of developing osteoporosis.

Last year, the American College of Physician s issued new screening guidelines in the hopes of catching osteoporosis in men at early enough stages to provide treatment.

The guidelines include a recommendation that men at higher risk of developing osteoporosis undergo a bone scan. Men at higher risk are those who:

  • are older
  • are underweight
  • have lost significant amount of weight
  • are not physically active
  • have had previous fractures due to thinning bones
  • have a history of being treated with corticosteroids
  • have been treated with androgen deprivation therapy

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Men Do Get Osteoporosis


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