Men often don’t think about their bone health. After all, osteoporosis is more likely to affect women. But osteoporosis facts suggest men should pay attention, too.
A man’s bone mass typically peaks in his third decade of life. While young adult men generally accumulate more bone mass than young adult women, men’s bones also succumb to thinning and aging in the fourth and fifth decades. It’s true that men in their 50s don’t experience quite the bone loss women do when they’re in menopause. But after age 65, men and women lose bone mass and experience decreased calcium absorption at about the same rate.
This sets the stage for osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis, and osteoporosis, when the bones become weak and vulnerable to fracture.
Men’s bone health is an important concern as men age:
- Men make up about one-fifth of the 44 million Americans who have osteopenia and osteoporosis.
- For men 50 and older, the lifetime risk of suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture is 13 to 30%.
- And elderly men fare worse than women after hip fracture, dying two to three times more often than their female counterparts from complications related to broken hips.
Are you at risk?
Reasons for bone loss among men range from age and genetics, to physical conditions (such as low testosterone levels), lifestyle factors, and medication use.
Risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- Having a family or personal history of bone loss or fractures
- Being Caucasian
- Being thin
- Having a history of delayed puberty
- Using steroid medications for extended periods
- Having low testosterone levels
- Having high calcium levels in the blood
- Being low in vitamin D
- Being sedentary
- Having disorders of the thyroid
- Abusing alcohol
Should you be tested?
Keep in mind, osteoporosis is a silent disease. Often, men don’t know they have compromised bone health until they experience a fracture.
If you’re older than 50 and have risk factors for dangerous bone loss, consider having your bone density measured. Then, discuss those results with your doctor to determine the bone health course of action.
Treatments for men with osteoporosis range from lifestyle changes and hormone replacement therapy, to bone-building medications. Testosterone therapy has been shown to increase bone mineral density in men whose testosterone levels are low. But researchers have yet to determine whether testosterone therapy impacts men’s bone fracture risk.
Men can also make these changes to improve bone health:
- Consume the needed amount of calcium (through foods and supplements).
- Take vitamin D (We recommend that you first determine your vitamin D levels before supplementing)
- Exercise regularly, specifically by doing weight-bearing exercises.
- Limit alcohol to no more than 10 drinks, evenly spread throughout the week.
- Quit smoking.
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