Health Beat 1-1-2004

Osteoporosis and Men

Recent medical studies suggest osteoporosis is not exclusively a woman’s health concern. In fact, almost a third of osteoporosis-related hip fractures occur in men about 80,000 a year. Currently, the bone-weakening disease is a threat to an estimated two million men in the United States.
   According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Osteoporosis Foundation (, a healthy lifestyle is the key to prevention. Suggestions include cutting back on drinking and smoking, performing weight-bearing exercise (such as climbing stairs or weightlifting) and getting an adequate intake of calcium 1,000 mg per day for most men, and 1,200 mg or more for those age 50 and older.
   A bone-mineral density test can detect osteoporosis, and medication is available to increase bone density.
   For additional information, order the NOF’s 45-cent pamphlet, “The Male Frame: A Practical Guide to Men’s Bone Health,” or visit the National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone DiseasesNational Resource Center (