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How many men get osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis affects far more women than men, but men still make up 20% of all cases. That means more than 2 million men in the United States have osteoporosis. Another 3 million have osteopenia. It’s a condition where your bones thin. It can lead to osteoporosis if not properly treated.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Men and Osteoporosis;" "8 Common Myths about Osteoporosis;" and "Are You at Risk for Developing Bone Disease?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "What Are the Medications for Osteoporosis?"

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteoporosis Myths."

Ethel Siris, MD, director, Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, N.Y.; president, the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Department of Veterans Affairs:  “Screening Men for Osteoporosis: Who & How, 2007.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Men and Osteoporosis;" "8 Common Myths about Osteoporosis;" and "Are You at Risk for Developing Bone Disease?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "What Are the Medications for Osteoporosis?"

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteoporosis Myths."

Ethel Siris, MD, director, Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, N.Y.; president, the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Department of Veterans Affairs:  “Screening Men for Osteoporosis: Who & How, 2007.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

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