Facts About Male Osteoporosis
 
  Primary Risk Factors Associated With Osteoporosis:
  • Prostate cancer
  • Hormone therapy for men
  • Hypogonadism
  • Consuming more than four alcoholic beverages per day
  • Age greater than 70
  • Family history and/or first-degree relatives with osteoporosis
  • Vitamin D deficiency
Diagnosis:
A bone density test (DEXA) and determining the amount of Vitamin D levels are used for diagnosis. Usually there are no symptoms of osteoporosis until a bone fracture occurs in the vertebrae of the spine, the hip, or in the wrist.

Facts:
  • Hip factures alone decrease life expectancy by 39 months.
  • Only 1.5% of men with hip fractures are diagnosed and treated
  • for osteoporosis.
  • Male osteoporosis patients who have hip fractures have a 32% greater mortality rate.
  • Approximately 2 million men in the US are affected with osteoporosis and 8 million men have osteopenia.
  • By 2015, it is expected that 3 million men will be affected with osteoporosis.  
  • 7%-56% of newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients have osteoporosis or osteopenia.
Prevention/Strategies To Combat:
  • Awareness
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Sunshine
  • Medication
  • Supplements
  • Diagnostics

Treatment:
  • Prescription medication
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Estrogen
  • SERMs (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators)

Urologic Expertise:
Our urologists diagnose and treat prostate cancer, which is associated with high levels of aggressive osteoporosis and high fracture rates.  
 
For more information about treatments for male osteoporosis, contact Alliance Urology Specialists at 336-274-1114.

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