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Male Osteoporosis: More Common Than We Think

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, men over 50 are at greater risk of osteoporosis-related fracture than they are for prostate cancer.

Risk Factors Include:

  • Genetics : If a man's mother or father had osteoporosis, that individual is significantly more likely to have it than a male whose parents had no such history. Kidneys stones: men with kidney stones, a somewhat common disorder among males, are at high risk.
  • Pituitary problems or problems with male hormone production: men who have experienced either problem are at very high risk.
  • Treatment with steroids: Men who have been treated with glucocorticoids (cortisone or prednisone) for other conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Crohn's Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, any of the post-transplant conditions are at risk.

If you or someone you know is at risk you will want to consider using vitamin K.

Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) July 22, 2003

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