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The Dangers of Thinning Bones as Men Age

Osteoporosis

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  • One in five men over the age of 50 will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture, and one-third of hip fractures occur in men
  • The lifetime risk of men experiencing an osteoporosis-related fracture after the age of 50 is up to 27 percent, higher than the lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer (11 percent)
  • Hip fractures appear to be deadlier in men than in women, with 37 percent of men dying in the first 12 months after such a fracture (compared to 20 percent of women)
  • Testosterone levels tend to drop gradually in men as they age, which is why increased bone breakdown and decreases in bone density tend to become most severe after the age of 70 (provided you're not doing anything to counteract it)
  • A healthy diet that includes calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K2, and magnesium, regular weight-bearing exercise, and hyaluronic acid may also help to support bone health

By Dr. Mercola

Osteoporosis is often thought of as a “woman’s disease,” but one-third of hip fractures occur in men. And while one in three women over the age of 50 will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture, so will one in five men.


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