Tough Break: Men Get Osteoporosis, Too

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Risk Factors

Osteoporosis isn’t just for women. While less common, an estimated 1.5 million American men age 65 or older suffer from bone loss related to osteoporosis. Certain conditions raise your risk. Talk to your primary care provider if you have:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic hepatitis C
  • Vitamin D deficiency

Medication

Some medications can also influence the likelihood of developing osteoporosis. Check with your primary care provider if you are on:

  • Heparin (blood thinner)
  • Dilantin and phenobarbital (anti-seizure medications)

What to Do

Talk to your primary care provider about your risk and screening recommendations. Steps you can take now for better bone health:

  • Quit smoking
  • Cut back alcohol intake
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy diet including calcium and vitamin D

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