Report Says Doctors Should Test Men for Osteoporosis - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/7/08

Report Says Doctors Should Test Men for Osteoporosis

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Although osteoporosis is generally thought of as a disease that afflicts women, a group of doctors says men should not be excused from screening. The American College of Physicians has issued guidelines, published in The Annals Of Internal Medicine, that suggest that doctors be on the lookout for factors that put older men at risk for osteoporosis. Risk factors include older age, low body weight, physical inactivity, and even use of some drugs used to treat prostate cancer.  

While osteoporosis only occurs in about 7% of white men, and even less in African-American and Hispanic men, the ACP predicts that, with the aging population, male osteoporosis will increase by as much as 50% in the next 15 years.

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