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Osteoporosis: a hidden burden in men

Benjamin Kwan, FLAVIA BUENO, Kirtan Ganda

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Abstract

Almost one-third of all minimal trauma fractures occur in men, but men remain less likely than women to be investigated or treated for osteoporosis. GPs are well placed to identify, diagnose and treat men at increased risk of osteoporotic fracture, thereby narrowing the gap in care for patients with this condition.

Key Points

  • Almost one-third of all osteoporotic fractures occur in men.
  • Compared with women, men have a higher risk of refracture, morbidity and mortality after a minimal trauma fracture.
  • Men are less likely than women to undergo investigation and treatment for osteoporosis.
  • Bisphosphonates, denosumab and teriparatide are safe and effective medications to treat osteoporosis in men.
  • Men with any one of the following risk factors should be assessed for osteoporosis: age 70 years or older, previous minimal trauma fracture, receiving androgen deprivation therapy or long-term glucocorticoid exposure.

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