Osteoporosis. It’s a chronic condition that most of us attribute to women’s health. While it’s true that 80 percent of osteoporosis diagnoses are prescribed to women, men account for nearly two million diagnoses each year in the United States…and that number is growing. In fact, roughly 12 million men in this country are at risk for this painful, chronic condition.
Osteoporosis is a disease that results in weak and thinning bones, and approximately one in four men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related broken bone during their lifetime. Yearly, nearly 80,000 men break a hip due to osteoporosis and are more likely than women to die within a year from osteoporosis-related complications.
There are several risk factors that may put men at risk. Here are just a few:
• Family history of osteoporosis
• Lack of exercise
• Low testosterone/estrogen levels
• Steroid use
• Heavy alcohol/tobacco use
• Certain chronic conditions, such as osteoarthritis