Study shows osteoporosis can also impact men
Nov. 17, 2014
A Harvard study finds the condition that's been known to affect women affects men as well. Dr. Koval says the older you are, the morbidity goes up and someone 70 or 75 who has a fracture and does recover, doesn’t recover nearly as well from it. He says the study shows that men who have a fracture tend to have a more severe case and their risk of dying related to the fracture is higher than in women. He says the reason is unknown and "...future studies are needed to try to delineate that". Dr. Koval says weight-bearing activities are always recommended for people with osteoporosis to strengthen bones. He says patients may also be encouraged to lift free weights or use rubber bands to try to prevent further fractures. He says it's also important to get calcium and Vitamin D, which is found in dairy foods. The Vitamin D deficiency is a root cause of osteoporosis. He notes supplements for calcium and Vitamin D are also recommended.