Male Osteoporosis

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Male Osteoporosis Introduction: Osteoporosis is a devastating disease that causes deterioration of bone tissue and an increased risk of bone fractures. It is a major public health problem, affecting millions of elderly over age sixty-five. The disease is one of the most costly costing fourteen billion dollars a year in U.S. health expenditures. Osteoporosis is primarily thought of as a woman's disease, it affects over two million men annually. While there are less fragile fractures in men, if they do fracture, men are more likely to die from it. Today the lack of awareness for male osteoporosis is where it was for women fifty years ago. This is a frightening fact as the lifetime risk for osteoporosis is higher than that of prostate cancer. With such a risk, one would think the medical community would eager to prevent osteoporosis from even occurring. In some ways they are, as there are many clinical studies and trials directed towards osteoporosis as whole, and specifically osteoporosis in men. Even so, there are less approved treatments for men, and they must rely on the programs available. Many of these programs are excellent, and span across the local, state, and national level. They offer both prevention and treatments methods for the at-risk and currently afflicted populations. These include the Gaylord Hospital, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, UCONN Center for Osteoporosis, the Growing Stronger Exercise Program, and Medicare Bone Mass Measurement Initiative. No program is perfect, however, and all would benefit from changes as well as a gender-specific overhaul. Male Osteoporosis is a major health issue, but it is one that can be conquered. Literature Review: According to the Tuft's Health and Nutrition J... ... middle of paper ... ...GA 30333 (800) 311-3435 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Bone Mass Measurement http://www.cms.hhs.gov/partnerships/tools/outreach/initiatives/default.asp Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244 877-267-2323 References Men and osteoporosis: Red flags that are often overlooked Anonymous. Tufts University Health & Nutrition Journal. New York: Sep 2001. Vol. 19, Issue 7, pg. 1 Osteoporosis in older men: Knowledge and health beliefs Carol A. Sedlak, Margaret O'Doheny, Patricia J. Estok. Orthopedic nursing. Pitman: May/June 2000. Vol. 19, Issue 3, p.38 Osteoporosis in men Janet M. Campion, Michael J Maricic. American Family Physician. Kansas City: April 1, 2003. Vol. 67, Issue 7, pg. 1521

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