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Do men ever get osteoporosis, or do only women get it?

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Men can get osteoporosis, too. But it's 4 times more common in women than in men. Women over the age of 50 are the most likely people to develop osteoporosis. Women's lighter, thinner bones and longer life spans are part of the reason they have a higher risk.

From: Osteoporosis: Are You at Risk? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute on Aging: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 04, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute on Aging: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 04, 2018

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