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Continued: Once considered a women's disease, osteoporosis strikes men, too

  • Article by: PAMELA KNUDSON , Grand Forks Herald
  • Last update: October 20, 2013 - 11:05 PM

The most common cause of male osteoporosis is testosterone deficiency, an area that needs more scientific attention, Schmaltz said. In addition, several medications — such as steroids and drugs for prostate cancer and seizures — can affect bone mass, he said. Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, digestive and blood disorders, and cystic fibrosis play a role in developing osteoporosis, because they can impair the body’s ability to absorb needed nutrients. Bone loss is a common side effect of drugs used to treat asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, according to the NIH.

Prevention

Lifestyle choices can help prevent osteoporosis, including eating a balanced diet with a lot of calcium and vitamin D-rich foods, and taking supplements, if your doctor prescribes them.

Exercise — such as brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day — and weight-bearing exercises can help strengthen bones.

If you have concerns about bone-density loss, see your doctor. “It’s better to be proactive than waiting for something to happen,” Schmaltz said.

 

Staff Writer Allie Shah contributed to this report.

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