Harvard Health Letter

The male face of osteoporosis

As men live longer, they're having to cope with a condition that used to be thought of as a women's disease.

Osteoporosis, a condition characterized by a loss of bone mass and density, has been viewed mainly as a health problem for older women. If you're a member of the male sex, you may have breathed a small sigh of relief — or simply tuned out — whenever osteoporosis came up. It wasn't a disease you needed to worry about.

Unfortunately, gentlemen, it's not quite that simple.

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