World Osteoporosis Day – 20th October 2014

This year World Osteoporosis Day is focusing on osteoporosis in men.  Around 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will experience a bone fracture due to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease which gradually weakens the bones, which can lead to bones breaking after even a minimal bump or minor fall.

What are the risk factors for osteoporosis?

In men:

  • Age (70rs + or 50ys + if you’ve broken a bone since turning 50)
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Long-term use of oral corticosteroids
  • Certain other medications (visit for more details)
  • Some chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac’s disease, diabetes, chronic liver or kidney disease, amongst others.
  • Low testosterone levels (hypogonadism)

In women:

  • Being over 50
  • Menopause / post menopausal
  • Family history of the disease
  • Low body weight / being small & thin
  • Broken bones or height loss

People under the age of 30yrs are the group most able to make a difference to their bone strength and reduce the risk of osteoporosis through;

  • Regular weight bearing exercise
  • Eating a diet that includes recommended levels of calcium & vitamin D (a list of beneficial foods can be found at:
  • Not smoking or stopping smoking
  • Not drinking too much alcohol

 Further information and support

The National Osteoporosis Society have produced a comprehensive guide for men, women and children.

The World Osteoporosis Day Website has lots of information for men and patient stories.

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