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Osteoporosis Testing Urged for Men

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 11:40 AM

Although osteoporosis strikes more women than men, new medical guidelines recommend both sexes have bone-density testing to reduce the risk of debilitating fractures.
The new guidelines, published by the Endocrine Society in the organization’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, recommend dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) testing for all men aged 70 and older and those over 50 who have risk factors for the bone-thinning disease.
Osteoporosis causes a reduction in bone strength as people age, putting them in danger of serious fractures. About 20 percent of Americans with osteoporosis are men and studies show this condition increases mortality rates in older men.
"For men age 50, one in 5 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime," said Dr. Nelson Watts, of Mercy Health Osteoporosis and Bone Health Services in Cincinnati, who headed the task force that developed the new guidelines.
"Mortality after fracture is higher in men than in women,” he added, but noted, “of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, 2 million are men. Of the 2 million fractures due to osteoporosis that occur each year, 600,000 are in men."
In addition to recommending DXA screening for men in their 70s (and at-risk men over 50), the new guidelines urge:
• Men with low vitamin D levels should receive supplementation to boost them;
• Drug treatment should be given to men aged 50 or older who have had spine or hip fractures and men at high risk of fracture based on low bone density and/or clinical risk factors;
• Clinicians should monitor bone mineral density by DXA year or two to assess the response to treatment; and
• At-risk men should consume 1,000-1,200 milligrams of calcium daily, ideally from dietary sources and, if necessary, supplements.

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Although it strikes more women than men, both sexes should be tested for the bone-thinning disease.
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