Men with osteoporosis aren’t receiving proper diagnosis and treatment for the condition making them more susceptible after suffering a fracture, a new report shows.
Men have been shown to be more likely to die after suffering a fracture due to osteoporosis compared to women, according to new data published by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF.)
According to the IOF, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men globally are at risk of an osteoporotic fracture. The most commonly occurring fractures related to osteoporosis are fractures of the hip, spine and wrist.
For men, the mortality rate is as high as 37% in the first year following a fracture, making them twice as likely as women to die after suffering a fracture due to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture.
These fractures lead to higher death rates in men when compared to women as data has found that fewer than 20% of men are not diagnosed or receiving treatment for osteoporosis when they suffer their first bone break.
The number of hip fractures in men in the U.S. is estimated to increase by over 50% from 2010 to 2030 and for women it is projected to decrease by 3.5%.
October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day across the globe, with activities in over 90 countries. The IOF is aiming to improve awareness and understanding of the condition and this year’s theme focuses on men’s health.