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The College Issues Guideline for Screening for Osteoporosis in Men: View the latest ACP Internal Medicine Report

Osteoporosis is often viewed as a women's health issue, but few men are currently tested or diagnosed. Because of the aging population, a dramatic increase in osteoporosis among men is expected in the near future. New recommendations from ACP call for physicians to screen for osteoporosis in older men, especially those over the age of 65.

Osteoporosis is significantly under-diagnosed and under-treated in men, and studies show that osteoporotic fractures result in substantial disease, death, and health costs in men. Risk factors for osteoporosis in men include older age, low body weight, weight loss, physical inactivity, previous fractures not caused by substantial trauma, ongoing use of certain drugs (such as corticosteroids like prednisone or drugs that are sometimes used to treat prostate cancer), and low-calcium diets. Physicians should obtain a DXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan for men who are at increased risk for osteoporosis and may be candidates for drug therapy.

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