We’ve all seen the TV ads with celebrity spokeswomen like Blythe Danner and Sally Field advertising osteoporosis medications. Did you get the impression that only women suffer from this bone condition?
Wrong! Men can get osteoporosis too although it usually occurs later in life. While men have half as many fractures than women because of osteoporosis – including foot and ankle breaks – they are more likely to be disabled after a fracture and actually twice as likely to die from the injury within a year.
Consider these facts (data from the International Osteoporosis Foundation):
- Both men and women experience bone loss as they age, although for women it happens suddenly during menopause.
- Men experience almost 30% of all hip fractures and 20% of men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.
- After suffering a fracture from a non-trauma event like falling from standing or tripping, men are still less likely to ask for a bone health check.
- Men’s bone health is not routinely checked even after a fracture caused by a high-trauma event like a car crash.
- Some doctors are not aware of certain factors that put men at risk; these include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), celiac disease, treatments for depression, prostate cancer and GERD.
Can the Risk of Osteoporosis Be Reduced?
Yes! Although the risk of osteoporosis can’t be totally eliminated, there are actions that can lower your chances of getting this disease. At Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle we recommend that both men and women:
- Add resistance and weight-bearing exercises to your workouts.
- Eat more calcium-rich foods like dark green vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
- Stop smoking.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Take calcium every day – 1,200 mg for men over age 70 -along with vitamin D to help with calcium absorption.
- Have your blood tested periodically for both calcium and vitamin D. Check kidney function too.
- Talk to your doctor about available medications that can block the reabsorption of bone.
By improving your bone health you’ll also be lowering your risk of stress fractures and foot and ankle injuries related to osteoporosis.
We Can Help with Any Foot and Ankle Injuries
Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat all types of foot and ankle injuries, including those related to osteoporosis. Please come in to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle for an examination – you can request an appointment via the website or call us at our Hudson office at 727 868-2128 or our Spring Hill office at 352 683-5799. Take charge of your bone health today!