Men Far Less Likely to Prevent or Screen for Osteoporosis

Men tend to assume “They’re good” no matter the circumstances.

Unfortunately, new research from North Shore-LIJ Health System geriatricians found they may not “be good” when it comes to osteoporosis.

A recent study reveals that men are far less likely to take preventative measures for osteoporosis. Additionally, men are also ten times less likely to be screened.

This evidence comes as a surprise considering that men prominently suffer from osteoporosis and endure worse consequences from the devastating bone-thinning disease than women.

According to statistics from The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF):

  • Up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
  • Approximately two million American men already have osteoporosis. About 12 million more are at risk.
  • Men older than 50 are more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than they are to get prostate cancer.
  • Each year, about 80,000 men will break a hip.
  • Men are more likely than women to die within a year after breaking a hip. This is due to problems related to the break.
  • Men can break bones in the spine or break a hip, but this usually happens at a later age than women.

You may be tempted to assume “male pride” is to blame. However, the study’s lead author, Irina Dashkova, MD, attributes the study’s findings to a misperception of osteoporosis.

“In our environment, you just get this perception that osteoporosis is a women’s problem. This has to be changed, and the sooner the better,” says Dr. Dashkova.

Translation: “I’m good” is not an acceptable excuse for men to get out of a bone density test.

NOF recommends that you have a bone density test if:

  • You are a woman age 65 or older
  • You are a man age 70 or older
  • You break a bone after age 50
  • You are a woman of menopausal age with risk factors
  • You are a postmenopausal woman under age 65 with risk factors
  • You are a man age 50-69 with risk factors