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How common is osteoporosis in men?

An estimated one to two million men in the United States have osteoporosis, and an additional eight to 13 million have low bone mass. As in women, the risk of fracture in men increases with age. However, the peak incidence of fractures occurs about 10 years later in men than in women. In the United States, about 13% of white men older than 50 will experience at least one osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime. 
David Slovik, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Osteoporosis is often thought of as a women's disease. While osteoporosis does affect more women than men, many people don't realize that a significant number of men -- about two million in the United States alone of the estimated 10 million total with osteoporosis -- have this condition. In fact, a 50-year-old man has a 25% chance of an osteoporotic fracture at some point in the future.
 
A report from the U.S. Surgeon General on bone health and osteoporosis warned that the notion that only women get osteoporosis can lead to delays in identifying and treating the disease in men. One of the goals of the Surgeon General's report was to increase awareness among the public and health professionals that osteoporosis affects men as well as women.

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