Osteoporosis in Men is a Little-Known Ailment

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in Orthopedics

When people hear about osteoporosis, they usually associate it with women. But close to 2 million men in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the condition that leads to a breakdown of the bone structure as a result of aging.

At Signature Medical Group, our orthopedic specialists offer the latest treatments for osteoporosis in women and men. You can often see us the same day you make an appointment and we offer convenient hours at night and on weekends.

Because bone loss in men occurs at a slower rate than in women, instances of male osteoporosis are more closely linked to underlying health conditions rather than a standalone disease, Coastal Orthopedics reports.

Risk factors for men include:

  • Being age 75 and older
  • Low body-mass index
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive smoking and/or alcohol consumption
  • Calcium and vitamin D deficiency
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Peptic ulcer disease

Although there is no known cure for osteoporosis, your Signature Medical Group doctor can give you steps to control or prevent it.

Health experts recommend leading a healthy and active lifestyle, which includes eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D (or taking supplements, as needed).

Participating in weight-bearing exercises, and curbing your smoking and drinking also are encouraged.

At Signature Medical Group, your good health is important to us. Our orthopedic specialists take pride in our treatment of osteoporosis and other conditions of the bones, joints and muscles.

Make an appointment today and start feeling better.