New recommendations guide osteoporosis testing for men


June 19, 2012

Topic: Orthopaedics

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The Endocrine Society recently released a new set of clinical practice guidelines regarding osteoporosis in men. These recommendations, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, may help prevent orthopaedics issues related to the bone-weakening disease, such as potentially life-threatening fractures.

"For men age 50, one in five will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime," said Nelson Watts, M.D., who chaired the taskforce that drafted the clinical practice guidelines.

Although osteoporosis is more common among women, the mortality rate associated with this condition is higher among men, particularly those aged 50 to 69 years, according to the authors. Risk factors for male patients include smoking, low body weight and a history of broken bones during adulthood.

The new clinical practice guidelines recommend that men who have vitamin D deficiencies take dietary supplements and consume between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams of calcium every day. They also push for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry tests of bone density for high-risk patients, including those aged 70 and older, and individuals aged 50 to 69 who have other risk factors. Patients who already have osteoporosis should undergo such screening every one to two years.

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