Osteoporosis in Men

Friday, October 28, 2011

Surveys suggest that a majority of American men view osteoporosis solely as a womans disease. But its a condition that affects an estimated 2 million men as well. Dr. Edward Hill discusses osteoporosis in men in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones. This increases the risk of broken bones. More than 2 million American men have osteoporosis. Men older than 70 years are more likely to have it.

You are at risk of osteoporosis if you have a parent or sibling with it. Other risks include poor nutrition, low body weight, smoking, drinking a lot of alcohol and low testosterone levels. Taking certain medicines, such as steroids, may increase your risk of osteoporosis.

Symptoms include fractures, loss of height, stooped posture and back pain. Often there are no symptoms in the early stages of osteoporosis.

To prevent osteoporosis, it helps to quit smoking and have fewer than two alcoholic drinks daily. Regular exercise helps make your bones stronger. If you do not get enough calcium and vitamin D to help prevent osteoporosis, your doctor may prescribe supplements.

Some medicines can help reduce the risk of fractures in men with osteoporosis. These medicines may also help prevent osteoporosis in people who need long-term steroid treatment for another condition.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.