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Osteoporosis in Men: Undertreated and Overlooked

October 26, 2018

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Osteoporosis is generally viewed as a woman’s disease, but men get it, too. While this fragile bone disease is indeed more common in women, there is increasing recognition that it strikes men more frequently than previously believed. Whereas 1 in 2 women will break a bone during their lifetime due to osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1 in 4 men will have an osteoporosis-related broken bone. In a study in a 2018 issue of the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers screened bone mass in 200 men visiting an endocrine outpatient department at a hospital and found that 40 percent of those over age 55 had low bone mass and 9 percent had osteoporosis.

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