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What is osteoporosis and how does it affect men?

Osteoporosis manifests as a skeletal problem. The bones in persons with osteoporosis become fragile over time and consequently more prone to fracture. Individuals with osteoporosis have a lower bone density which puts them at risk for injuries that may threaten their independent lifestyle. In men, bone density falls up to 15% between ages of 40 and 70 years. Aging increases their chances at developing the condition. Nearly 30% of fractured hips occur in men. Men have a high mortality after hip fractures (31%), much higher than their female counterparts (17%). Fractures most commonly occur in the forearm, vertebral body, and femoral neck in individuals with osteoporosis. Men taking immunosuppressive medications or undergoing treatment for prostate cancer increase their risk for osteoporosis.

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