While women have long been alert to the dangers of osteoporosis as they age, few men worry about weakening bones. They should, experts say. Research has shown that men over 50 are at greater risk of osteoporosis-related fractures than they are of prostate cancer.
Go for a bone-density screening test if: you’re older than 55 and have lost 5cm of height; have had a bone fracture that wasn't caused by a major trauma (such as a car crash), but by a simple fall; you have a family history of the disease; you’ve had kidney stones; you’re an alcoholic or a regular smoker; you’re taking steroid medications; you have problems with male hormone production; you take medication for prostate cancer that suppresses hormone production.
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