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    New Guidelines for Osteoporosis in Men

    American College of Physicians Urges Periodic Screening for Older Men
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    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    May 8, 2008 -- The American College of Physicians has issued new guidelines to bring awareness to osteoporosis screening in older men.

    "Osteoporosis is not just a women's disease," says Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, of the American College of Physicians, in a news release. "Not enough older men are being screened."

    Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become less dense, more porous, and more susceptible to fractures. It is commonly thought of as a problem for postmenopausal women, but it can also occur in men.

    The American College of Physicians reports that the prevalence of osteoporosis is estimated to be 7% of white men, 5% of African-American men, and 3% of Hispanic men in the U.S. But the group says those figures are expected to grow as the population ages within the next 15 years.

    Among the new guidelines:

    • Clinicians should periodically assess older men for risk factors of osteoporosis.
    • Clinicians should obtain DXA tests for men who are at increased risk for osteoporosis and candidates for medication treatment. The DXA test (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) measures bone density.
    • More research is recommended to assess screening tests for osteoporosis in men.

    Here are some of the main risk factors of osteoporosis for men:

    The new guidelines are published in the May 6 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

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