Osteoporosis and Men

Osteoporosis is generally considered a women’s disease, but it also affects men. With age men lose bone mass as women do, but the rate of loss is not as rapid and their bone mass is generally adequate until much later in life. Although osteoporosis is less common in men, when fractures occur men suffer more severely in terms of quality and quantity of life.

Although men do not experience menopause they do have a decline in male hormone levels, testosterone, but this occurs slowly over their whole adult life. Over the age of 65 more than 30% of men have lower levels of male hormone. This lack of male hormone causes bone thinning as well as loss of sex drive.

The risk of a man suffering an osteoporotic fracture is greater than his likelihood of developing prostrate cancer.