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How does osteoporosis affect men?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology
About 25 percent of osteoporosis and fractures happen in men, including hip and spine fractures. Cigarette smoking, drinking alcohol, exercise habits, and diet contribute to bone loss in men. In addition, men with relatives who have this disease are found to be at greater risk. The main risk factor for men is age. While men do not have a decline in bone mass in midlife the way postmenopausal women do, the longer a man lives, the greater his chances are of suffering a fracture due to osteoporosis.

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