Care gap in the treatment of men and osteoporosis

Care gap in the treatment of men and osteoporosis 

It's a common misconception that osteoporosis is a females disease, leading to the under-diagnosis and treatment of men.

In an International Osteoporosis Foundation report authored by Medical Director Professor Peter Ebeling titled "The report osteoporosis in men: why change needs to happen", the research shows that 1/3 of all osteoporosis related hip-fractures occur in men and that men are twice as likely to die from a hip fracture as women.

“It is an important clinical problem. Men have higher mortality rates and their risk for death is much higher,” said Alicia Morgans, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. "Part of the problem is that testing is ordered much more commonly in women. Women are very aware of osteoporosis and proactive with their health. Men are not as always as proactive about finding out information about male osteoporosis and it is not addressed as commonly.”

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