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    Male Risk for Osteoporosis

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    A man's average bone density is higher than a woman's, and men have a lower risk for osteoporosis. All men, though, naturally lose bone mass as they age. And some men do develop osteoporosis, which can be devastating to an older man's health. Men who fracture a bone in the spine have a much greater risk of getting other fractures and losing their mobility.

    Most men develop osteoporosis as a result of:

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    You can help to prevent osteoporosis by:

    If you do have more risk factors, you may want to talk with your doctor about your risk for osteoporosis.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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