Chancellor's Check-Up: Men & Osteoperosis - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/12/03

Chancellor's Check-Up: Men & Osteoperosis

Two million men in the United States have been diagnosed with Osteoperosis, while 12 million could be diagnosed with the disease.

Texas Tech Medical Center physician Dr. Fiona Prabhu says men account for 30% of hip fractures in the U.S.

Dr. Prabhu says that Osteoperosis is low bone mass that leads to structural problems of the bones, making them fragile and more likely to break.

Although men have larger and stronger bones, there are specific reasons men may acquire the disease. Dr. Prabhu says that the major causes of Osteoperosis in men is chronic steroid use. That happens if they have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is Emphysema or chronic Bronchitis. Steroids are the main stay of treatment for those diseases.

Excessive alcohol use, which for men means two alcoholic beverages a day and low levels of testosterone are also major causes of Osteoperosis in men. It's important for men over the age of 70 to receive a bone density scan.

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