Osteoporosis is a fairly new health concern for men. Till now, it has been something only thought of as affecting women. But according to the Surgeon General of the United States, by the year 2020, half of all Americans will suffer from osteoporotic-induced bone weaknesses, which includes new diagnoses for middle-aged men.
If you aren’t sure, osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become weak with an increased likelihood that they will become brittle and break. It’s a condition that is marked by low bone mass and a loss of bone tissue.
Risk factors include:
-Medications, like heparin, corticosteroids, anticonvulsants, thyroid replacement and related drugs, certain cancer therapies
-Diseases of the kidneys, lungs, stomach, and intestines
-Low calcium intake (see Osteoporosis and Calcium)
-Lack of physical exercise, and
Osteoporosis is one of those silent diseases, as there are seldom outward signs to indicate a problem. Usually by the time you notice the signs, you may already be suffering from it. These signs include loss of height, change in posture, sudden or unexplained back pain, or broken or fractured bones without any obvious trauma. The only sure way to know you have it is by being tested for it.
This information may be useful to you or your significant other, a friend, or other loved one. Some resources are below, including a short video from Pennsylvania Medical Center: