Men can get osteoporosis.
Most people don't think that men develop osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease, in which bone becomes thin and fragile and can therefore fracture easily, and it is mostly associated with women. Generally doctors do not discuss osteoporosis with their male patients. But men can get the hip and other bone fractures that come with osteoporosis, too, and it's no less painful or debilitating for them than it is for women.
Diagnosis of osteoporosis in men usually only occurs when they have fractured a bone. Men don't generally experience the rapid bone loss in their 50's that women do as they don't have the hormnal changes women go through, but by age 65 or 70, they are losing bone mass at the same rate as women.
Hip fractures occur at older ages in men, which might explain why men who break a hip are more likely to die of complications than women. Approximately a half of men that suffer from hip fractures go to a nursing home to be cared for.
Osteoporosis might become more common as Vitamin D deficiency is becoming more common. In addition, men don't get sent for regular bone denisty scans as postmenopausal women are - so there are no preventative measures in place for men.
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