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About men and osteoporosis

About men and osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is considered to be a disease predominantly affecting women, as they are biologically at greater risk of bone loss after the onset of menopause and the associated decrease in the level of estrogen in the body.

However, experts warn that osteoporosis is instead more lethal in men, as about one-third of all hip fractures are reported among them, and femoral fractures have a more severe prognosis. Prof. Zdravko Kamenov, head of the Clinic of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at Alexandrovska Hospital, explains that men have two to three times fewer fractures than women, but they are more deadly because they occur at a more advanced age.

Whether and when the disease might manifest depends on both lifestyle and genetic factors in each person. Both younger women and men can be affected. Basic prevention consists of a balanced diet, normal physical activity and healthy sun exposure. It is also recommended to avoid risk factors that we have influence on, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Timely diagnosis of osteoporosis opens up opportunities for more effective treatment of the disease. According to Prof. Kamenov women who are pre-menopausal should have their bone density measured earlier to know if they have ever had high peak bone mass – the highest bone mass that is reached around the age of 30.

More interesting data on the disease among men, as well as among young people, can be read in the interview with Prof. Zdravko Kamenov to BTA here.

In our osteodensitometry office we have the most modern, accurate and safe equipment for measuring and monitoring bone density over time. Start prevention now by understanding your bone health early.

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