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A man's average bone density is higher than a woman's, and men have a lower risk for osteoporosis . All men, though, naturally lose bone mass as they age. And some men do develop osteoporosis, which can be devastating to an older man's health. Men who fracture a bone in the spine have a much greater risk of getting other fractures and losing their mobility.
Most men develop osteoporosis as a result of:
- Smoking, which increases the rate of bone loss.
- Not getting enough weight-bearing exercise.
- Taking certain medicines, such as corticosteroids (for example, prednisone).
- Having low levels of the male hormone testosterone.
- Drinking too much alcohol.
You can help to prevent osteoporosis by:
- Getting enough calcium.
- Getting enough vitamin D.
- Doing regular weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, or lifting weights.
- Cutting down on your use of alcohol.
- Stopping smoking tobacco.
If you do have more risk factors, you may want to talk with your doctor about your risk for osteoporosis.
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014