Health Watch - Men's Health: Bone Density

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about health issues that affect men. There are some health problems that may not come immediately to mind when we think of men, but that are still important. Osteoporosis, the weakening of bones, affects more women than men, but it does affect men, and it’s more likely to go undiagnosed in men.

Dr. Khashayar Sakhaee, an expert on mineral metabolism at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says men can help keep their bones strong with lifestyle modifications such as exercising regularly, not smoking and consuming alcohol in moderation. It’s also important to get enough calcium and vitamin D. Men under age 50 need 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day, and men over 50 need 1,200 milligrams. Men age 50 to 70 need 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D a day, and men over 70 need 1,000 IU a day.

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June 2009

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