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.