Men and Osteoporosis

Think only women are at risk of osteoporosis?  Think again.  At least one in five men will break a bone from osteoporosis, and one quarter of the 30,000 hip fractures caused by osteoporosis are in men. Watch this video to learn more. Share it with someone you care about and encourage them to get assessed for osteoporosis. Because osteoporosis is a man’s disease, too.


men_and_osteoporosis_300pxOsteoporosis is not just a woman’s disease. It is also a serious health issue for men.

During their lifetime, at least one in three women and one in five men will suffer a broken bone from osteoporosis. Approximately 30,000 hip fractures occur in Canada each year, and over one quarter of these occur in men.

Proportionately more men than women die as a result of a hip fracture – 37% of men who suffer a hip fracture will die within the year following that fractured hip. Men are also more likely than women to require care in a long-term facility after a hip fracture.

Yet despite the fact that hip fractures can be more devastating for men than for women, men are less likely to be assessed for osteoporosis or to receive treatment for osteoporosis after they break a bone.


More About Men and Osteoporosis


Fracture risk and diagnosis

This section outlines how to know if you need a BMD test and steps to take if you are at risk of a fracture.


Treatment for men with osteoporosis

This section outlines the medications a man should be taking if he is found to be high risk for a fracture.


What is it like to be a man with osteoporosis?

Larry Funnell tells his story of being a man with osteoporosis.



Calcium and Vitamin D

This section talks about lifestyle choices for healthy bones.



 Calculate My Calcium

Do you get enough calcium from the foods you eat? Complete this quiz to find out.


Tell Us Your Story!

Sharing some simple accomplishments might be enough to inspire courage in someone who has just been diagnosed.


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