Osteoporosis is a disease that causes a gradual loss of bone mass. Over time, bones become less and less dense, making them more and more fragile. At an advanced stage of the disease, the slightest stress or trauma can result in a fracture.
In men, the consequences of a hip fracture due to osteoporosis are often more serious than in women, including a higher risk of death.
Bone densitometry is a technology used to precisely measure bone density. The results of your bone mineral density (BMD) test are compared against the average results of young adults of the same gender and ethnic group, to assess the level of bone loss.
All men age 65 or older should undergo screening for osteoporosis. However, screening can begin earlier, starting at age 50, in men whose risk factors for developing osteoporosis are greater:
If you have any questions about osteoporosis and how it is treated, ask your pharmacist.
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