Men need to be tested for osteoporosis too

Men need to be tested for osteoporosis too

One quarter of all Australians with osteoporosis are men. It's important that males who present at a hospital or clinic with a wrist fracture (or other broken bone) that wasn't from a major incident be tested for osteoporosis. 

A study conducted by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found that women were three times as likely as men to be sent for a bone density test after a fragility fracture. 

The National Osteoporosis Foundation hopes that bone density tests become routine for patients over 50 with fragility fractures, regardless of gender. 

There is still a stereotype that osteoporosis is a women's disease. Bone health needs to be checked and monitored in males and females.

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