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Osteoporosis: Why Are Men Rarely Screened?

Summary: Up to 25 percent of men over 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, and one-third of hip fractures are in men.
Air Date: 11/7/14
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Chadd Kraus, MD
Dr. Chadd Kraus is an emergency physician from Pennsylvania. He currently works for emergency resources management, an affiliate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Clarion, PA.

Dr. Kraus specializes in the areas of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He did his emergency medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA.
Osteoporosis: Why Are Men Rarely Screened?
Osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when your bones lose their density, become fragile and are more likely to break or fracture.

Osteoporosis has long been considered a woman's disease, but new findings prove otherwise.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, there are 54 million Americans that have low bone density or osteoporosis. In fact, about one in two women, and up to one in four men over the age of 50, will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

Why is this disease considered primarily a "woman's issue" when one in four men over 50 could break a bone due to its complications?

A new study conducted by doctors at Harvard Medical School (published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery) revealed that older men are less likely than women to get osteoporosis screening and treatment after a fracture.

In the study, doctors looked at the medical records over a five-year span of 344 women and 95 men over the age of 50 and treated for a wrist fracture at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Including age factors, or a history of fractures, doctors concluded men were 9.7 times less likely than women to receive a bone density scan after a wrist fracture occurred.

What can you do to help prevent osteoporosis?

If you are worried about your chances of developing osteoporosis, you might want to consider decreasing alcohol intake, incorporating calcium supplements, performing light weight-baring exercises, changing your diet to more wholesome foods, quitting smoking, and asking for a bone density test at your doctor's office.

What else do you need to know about osteoporosis in men?

Dr. Chadd Kraus discusses the new findings within the study and why men are at a higher risk for osteoporosis.