Osteoporosis and Men

Osteoporosis and Men

Many people are still under the impression that osteoporosis is a female's disease. Ads relating to osteoporosis treatment and medication don't help as they are typically geared towards women, reinforcing the stereotype. 

Osteoporosis is a lot more common in men than you might think. A quarter of all people in Australia with osteoporosis are men and men are actually at a greater risk of getting osteoporosis than prostate cancer. 

Men need to make sure that they are aware of the risk factors for osteoporosis and take care of their bone health from a young age ensuring they get enough calcium, vitamin d and weight bearing exercise. Not smoking and reducing drinking is also important. 

Doctors need to be aware of the risk factors for osteoporosis and investigate both men and women who present with the symptoms such as broken bones from a minor bump or fall. 

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