Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier
WebMD

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine
WebMD

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion
    WebMD

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community
    WebMD

    Community

    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Osteoporosis Health Center

Font Size
A
A
A

Osteoporosis Testing Good for Men, Too

Study Backs Osteoporosis Screening, Treatment for Certain Groups of Men
By
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Aug. 7, 2007 -- A study in tomorrow's edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association sheds new light on an often overlooked problem: osteoporosis in men.

The study shows that it may be cost-effective to screen and treat osteoporosis in men aged 65 and older who had a history of a fracture and in all men aged 80-85.

In osteoporosis, bones become dangerously thin, making fractures more likely.

Osteoporosis becomes more common with age. Due to menopause, women tend to develop osteoporosis at a younger age than men.

But osteoporosis in men isn't uncommon, note the researchers, who included John Schousboe, MD, of Park Nicollet Health Services in Minneapolis.

By the time a white man is 60 years old, he has a 29% chance of fracturing a bone due to osteoporosis during his remaining years. Fracture rates are lower in African-American and Hispanic men, according to Schousboe's team.

Schousboe and colleagues calculated the cost-effectiveness of giving men bone density scans to check for osteoporosis and to give men with osteoporosis the osteoporosis drug Fosamax for five years.

The researchers based their calculations on bone density test costs, Fosamax costs, and costs associated with bone fractures.

Based on certain costs, Schousboe's team concluded that osteoporosis screening and Fosamax treatment would be cost-effective for men aged 65 and older who have a history of fractures and for all men aged 80-85.

In the journal, the researchers note financial ties to various drug companies, including Merck, which makes Fosamax. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

  • Are you at risk for osteoporosis? Talk with others on WebMD's Bone Health and Osteoporosis message board.

Today on WebMD

Women working out and walking with weights
Reduce bone loss and build stronger muscles.
Chinese cabbage
Calcium-rich foods to add to your diet.
 
woman stretching
Get the facts on osteoporosis.
Porous bone
Causes, symptoms, risk factors, and treatment.
 
senior woman
Article
Woman holding plate of brocolli
Article
 
wrist xray
Quiz
Superfood for Bones
Slideshow
 
mature woman
Article
sunlight in hands
Article
 
man and woman in front of xray
Quiz
woman with dumbbells
Article