Study shows older men are under-treated for osteoporosis

A new study suggests that elderly men are often overlooked for signs of osteoporosis. The research was conducted at the University of Sydney and saw that in a group of 1,626 men aged 70 and older, one-quarter had osteoporosis and should have been receiving subsidized treatment, The Medical News reports.

The study, which is published in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia, found that many men are not treated early and have to suffer avoidable fractures. Out of the group, nine out of 10 were not receiving any treatment for the condition.

Kerrin Bleicher, a physiotherapist and PhD student at the university said, "Identifying men who will benefit from osteoporosis treatment and increasing the proportion of eligible men receiving appropriate treatment is a public health issue. Currently it is projected that, because of the aging population, hip fractures may double by 2026 and increase fourfold by 2051."

She cited lack of awareness as a cause for escalation of this problem and said studies on prevalence often relied on self-reporting of the condition.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 44 million Americans are at increased risk for bone fracture.
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