Although women are at greater risk of osteoporosis, men get this potentially debilitating bone disease, too. In fact, as Baby Boomers age (currently the largest U.S. generation), more men will get this disease as the number of men above the age of 70 continues to increase and life expectancy continues to rise. So that men can be more informed about their risk of developing osteoporosis and hopefully take steps to lower it, we at Westchester Health offer this blog of facts, guidelines and preventative measures.
If you are a woman, you are at risk of developing osteoporosis simply by being female. A degenerative disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle, osteoporosis affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian women, especially over the age of 50, are at highest risk. At Westchester Health, we see a lot of osteoporosis-related fractures, most commonly of the hip, wrist or spine.
At Westchester Health, we see a lot of osteoporosis-related fractures, particularly in our orthopedic group, Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. These fractures are most commonly of the hip, wrist or spine, affecting men and women of all races but white and Asian women, especially over the age of 50, are at highest risk. One of our orthopedic specialists, Michael A. Gott, MD, has written a very informative blog advising both men and women how they can proactively try to prevent, or at least lessen, the onset of osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, there are not really any symptoms to alert someone that they have osteoporosis. That’s why it is often called a ‘silent disease’ because the first sign of the condition can be a fracture resulting from a minor accident, which is why prevention is so important.