As per a recent research, osteoporosis or bone loss is just not a disease for the women but also for the men. Socially elderly men are prone to this disease. Men and women above the age of 80 years can get affected by osteoporosis; females suffer from bone loss three times more than men.
The study also reveals almost 10 million Americans suffer from Osteoporosis. Every year the disease leads to almost 2 million fractures, which costs almost 19 million dollars. As the US population ages more in the upcoming years, the cost might rise to $25 million. This is the estimate for 2025. Researchers also state, after breaking a hip due to osteoporosis, the incident of death and sickness is more in men than women.
The study was led by Dr. Radhika Rao Narla. She is a part of the Division of Metabolism Endocrinology & Nutrition at the University of Washington, Seattle. She along with her team compared the screening and treatment results for 13,700 people suffering from osteoporosis. The participants included men and women above the age of 70 years.
To get effective results of the study, bone scans were performed. Checking the mineral density, improving the levels of Vitamin D, having calcium supplements and bisphosphonates (like Actonel, Fosamax and Bonita) are some ways to reduce the pain of osteoporosis.
The group included 11,600 men and 460 women. Amongst this group the age of the participants was the main factor which could lead to hip fractures. Another group consisted of 1600 men who were at risk of suffering from osteoporosis. This was caused by earlier incidents of fractures or treatments which led to weak bones.
About 50% of the male participants who were within the age group of 75 and 79, had risk of breaking hips. 88% of the men above the age of 80 years suffered from the same problem.