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Osteoporosis May Be More Deadly For Men Due to Lack of Treatment

Osteoporosis is often considered to be a disease that disproportionately affects women. However, recent data suggests that osteoporotic fractures occur in one in five men over 50, a number that is expected to rise dramatically in the next half century. By some estimates, from 1950 to 2050 there will be a 10-fold increase in the number of men aged 60 and older who have suffered from hip fractures.

Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass through the thinning of bone tissue and loss of density. It occurs over time and seems to be linked to low levels of vitamin D, low calcium levels, and inadequate exercise.

Men often remain undiagnosed and untreated for osteoporosis, and are 50% less likely than women to receive treatment. Additionally a third of all hip fractures worldwide happen to men and mortality rates after experiencing a hip fracture may be as high as 37% for men. This makes men twice as likely as women to die after a hip fracture.

Researchers from Monash University in Australia compiled the data. It was published on October 20, 2014 by the International Osteoporosis Foundation in honor of World Osteoporosis Day.

Because osteoporosis occurs over the course of one’s life, it is important to focus on reducing the risk of the disease. Previous studies have found that good nutrition, weight-bearing exercise, stress reduction, and adequate levels of vitamin D have been shown to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

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