What Men MUST Know About Osteoporosis

In men, osteoporosis, Uncategorized, wellness on August 15, 2012 at 2:30 am

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation:

  • 1-in-4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis
  • 2 million American men already have osteoporosis, with 12 million more at risk
  • Approximately 80,000 men break a hip per year
  • More men than women die one year after a hip replacement because of problems associated with that bone break

While it’s usually associated with women, osteoporosis can affect the male population. Risk factors include: family history; smoking; drinking more than 2 alcoholic drinks a day; lack of exercise; low testosterone and estrogen levels (yes, men can be low in estogen); medications; chronic medical (such as kidney, rheumatoid arthitis or gastrointestinal) problems.

How can you help prevent it?

  • Maintain adequate Vitamin D levels, especially since Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, a building block of the bone.

Check with your health professional about the amount to take.  “Men often have different requirements than women,” said Naturopathic Physician,Dr. Donielle (Doni) Wilson, ND, president and executive director of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP).

Foods rich in Vitamin D include salmon; sardines; wild-caught fish (much higher in Vitamin D than the non-organic farmed fish); goat’s milk; shitake mushrooms; eggs.

Some good sources of calcium include greens (especially collards, mustard and turnip); spinach; kale, cinnamon; green  beans; organges; asparagus; mushrooms; rosemary; scallops; kelp (a sea vegetable); romaine letttuce; celery; yogurt; basil; cow and goat milk.

  • If you smoke, quit. Keep drinking to a minimum.
  • Do regular weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises, sich as lifting, jogging, walking.

“Many of the men I see have diseases that are the result of lifestyle factors, so healthy living is critical,” said Naturopathic Physician Dr. Laurie Brodsky, ND.

  • Get a bone density test–your doctor will advise the best time for you to do this.
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