Osteoporosis

Premier Physician Network’s providers answer frequently asked questions about osteoporosis.

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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Source: Jon Ryan, MD, North Dayton Rheumatology; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine

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