Osteoporosis is thought of as a woman's disease, but one out of five who suffer bone loss are men. There are some risks men with osteoporosis may face.
Most men think that osteoporosis is a woman's disease; about five million men in this country are affected. Although the risk factors for men are a little different than for women.
The men who are at risk are the older men, generally older than 65 years of age, those who have taken steroids and those who have used alcohol and those who have a low testosterone levels.
The first step is a bone density scan, which is quick, safe and painless. The scan tells the doctor whether your bones are getting thinner and possibly brittle. If they are treatments for male osteoporosis are essentially the same as for women Bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax and Actimel, a hormone called Forteo and of course plenty of calcium with Vitamin D.
Whether you’re a male or female and have symptoms of osteoporosis talk to your doctor.