A man's average bone mineral density (BMD) is higher than a woman's, and men have a lower risk for osteoporosis. All men, though, naturally lose bone mass as they age, and some men do develop osteoporosis, which can be devastating to an older man's health. Men who fracture a bone in their spine have a much greater risk of getting other fractures and losing their mobility.
Most men develop osteoporosis as a result of:
You can help to prevent osteoporosis by:
If you do have more risk factors, you may want to talk with your doctor about your risk for osteoporosis.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Carla J. Herman, MD, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine|
|Last Revised||November 10, 2010|
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