New Guidelines for Osteoporosis Tests
Older Men and Younger Men With Risk Factors Should Get Bone Density Test
Reducing Your Risk
Although men have a lower risk for osteoporosis-related fractures than
women, their risk is far from insignificant.
One in five men will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in his
lifetime, compared with one out of two white women, according to the surgeon
Recommendations cited in the NOF report to help postmenopausal women and men
over 50 reduce their osteoporosis risk include:
- Make sure you get at least 1,200 milligrams per day of calcium and 800 to
1,000 international units of vitamin D.
- Engage in regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise to
reduce the risk for falls and fractures.
- If you smoke, stop. And if you drink alcohol, don't drink too much.
- Know your osteoporosis risk factors and follow your doctor's advice with
regard to testing and treatment.