Men Are at Risk of Osteoporosis Too!

You’ve probably seen the ads on television with actors Blythe Danner or Sally Field advertising osteoporosis medications.

Well it may surprise you, but men can get osteoporosis too. For men, this medical condition occurs later in life and they experience fewer fractures, including ankle and foot fractures, from osteoporosis. However, men are much more likely to be disabled by fractures due to osteoporosis and twice as likely to die from these injuries within a year.

Here are some surprising facts about men and osteoporosis (data from the International Osteoporosis Foundation):

 

Who Is at Risk of Osteoporosis?

The risk factors for osteoporosis are the same for men and women:

You Can Lower Your Risk of Osteoporosis

If you have 1 or more of these risk factors, it’s unlikely that you can eliminate your risk of osteoporosis. However, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM urges you to reduce your risk with these tips:

Your doctor should be able to assess any medications you take that may block the reabsorption of bone.

Improving your bone health can lower your risk of stress fractures and other foot and ankle injuries. Just ask us if you have any questions on the relationship between bone health and healthy feet.

We Can Help with Any Foot or Ankle Problem

Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with foot and ankle pain including stress fractures and other injuries. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Lower your risk of osteoporosis for healthy, strong bones!

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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