Men and Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis has been considered a “women’s disease,” but 20-25 percent of all hip fractures occur in men. As the U.S. population ages, more senior men are expected to become affected by osteoporosis.
Deborah Kado, MD, MS, and Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, both professors at UC San Diego School of Medicine, are co-investigators on a seven-year nationwide study of osteoporosis in older men, known as MrOS.
Among the study’s findings:
- Rib fractures are the most common clinical fracture in senior men.
- Men with diabetes who are using insulin are at increased risk of fractures not related to the spine.
- Loss of height is a risk factor and marker for osteoporosis in men.
- Lower than normal testosterone levels in men are associated with greater fragility and vulnerability to fractures.