Strong Bones: Men and Osteoporosis

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about maintaining strong bones. Women are usually the people we focus on when we talk about osteoporosis, but it’s not an exclusively female problem.

While women are far more likely to develop osteoporosis, men with the condition are more likely to go undiagnosed. Men need to take steps to maintain strong bones, especially as they age. Dr. Kashayar Sakhaee, chief of mineral metabolism at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says lifestyle modifications can help keep bones strong. These include avoiding smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation and exercising regularly. It’s also important to get adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Men ages 30 to 50 need at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day and older men need 1,200 milligrams. Men ages 50 to 70 need 400 to 800 international units of vitamin D a day, while older men need 1,000 IU a day.

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November 2011

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