What Puts Men at Risk for Osteoporosis?

Women are four times more likely to get the brittle-bone disease osteoporosis than men, but men still get it. For them, it usually comes on later in life. By age 70, men catch up to women in the rate they lose bone.

Because men tend to be older when they get osteoporosis, the complications from broken bones can be more serious for them. Hip, spine, and wrist bones break most often.

Along with age, other things linked to osteoporosis in men include:

You can take steps to protect yourself. Eating foods rich in vitamin D and calcium is a good start. Supplements may help give you those essential bone-building nutrients if you’re not getting them in what you eat. Regular exercise helps build strong bones, too. You may need osteoporosis medication. Talk to your doctor to find out what’s right for you.

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