Does Osteoporosis Affect Men?

Osteoporosis is more common in women but men can develop the disease, too.

About one in four men older than 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF).

Risk factors of osteoporosis for women and men include:

  • Family history
  • Not exercising
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol in excess
  • Taking steroid medicines
  • Low testosterone levels

Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you’re 50 or older and have a broken bone, ask your doctor about getting a bone density test to find out if you might have osteoporosis.

Talk to your doctor, too, for more information on osteoporosis in men.

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