A man's average bone density is higher than a
woman's, and men have a lower risk for
osteoporosis. All men, though, naturally lose bone
mass as they age. And some men do develop osteoporosis, which can be
devastating to an older man's health. Men who fracture a bone in the spine
have a much greater risk of getting other fractures and losing their
Most men develop osteoporosis as a result of:
Smoking, which increases the rate of bone loss.
Not getting enough weight-bearing exercise.
certain medicines, such as corticosteroids (for example,
Having low levels of the male hormone
Drinking too much alcohol.
You can help to prevent osteoporosis by:
Getting enough calcium.
enough vitamin D.
Doing regular weight-bearing exercises such as
walking, jogging, or lifting weights.
Cutting down on your use of
Stopping smoking tobacco.
If you do have more risk factors, you may want to talk
with your doctor about your risk for osteoporosis.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerCarla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine