Harvard Men's Health Watch

Osteoporosis update for men

Do you need to be concerned about age-related bone loss? Yes—but not as much as women do.

With aging comes a greater risk for osteoporosis: a decline in bone strength that puts you at risk of fractures. The face of osteoporosis in America is primarily that of a postmenopausal woman, but men are not entirely immune. "Women start losing bone earlier, primarily because of menopause, but men do lose bone, too—starting about 10 years later," says Dr. David Slovik, an endocrinologist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Men can help to maintain their bone health by taking in adequate calcium and vitamin D (preferably from food) and engaging in regular weight-bearing exercise. Some may also benefit from a bone density scan at some point if their doctor thinks they are at risk.

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