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Osteoporosis in men often goes unnoticed, untreated

ACR 2020
Reuters Health - 13/11/2020 - Osteoporosis is under-diagnosed and under-treated in older men, even those who break a bone, according to a new study. About a quarter of fractures happen in men, yet men are often overlooked "because it's misconstrued as a disease that mainly, if not only, affects Caucasian women," Dr. Jeffrey Curtis of the University of Alabama at Birmingham said at a November 7 press briefing at ACR Convergence, the 2020 virtual annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. Dr. Curtis and colleagues reviewed the records of 9,876 male, mostly white, Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older with an osteoporosis-related fracture between 2010 and 2014. The spine, hip and ankle were the most common sites of the fracture. Dr. Curtis reported that 92% of these men did not have any diagnosis or treatment of osteoporosis prior to their fracture. Fewer than 6% of men had a bone-mineral density (BMD) test with dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (D...

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