Men over 50 years also suffer from osteoporosis, but for many men the condition remains undiagnosed as they believe this bone disease hits only women, revealed a study.
Thus, only few men get screened and treated for the disease, the study said, adding that after a wrist fracture, most of the times, older men do not opt for osteoporosis screening and treatment compared to women.
AdvertisementThe research, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that compared to women, men are nearly 10 times less likely to get a bone density scan done after the fracture.
"Treating men for bone fractures, but not the underlying cause, places them at a greater risk for future bone breaks and related complications," study author Dr Tamara Rozental, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School.
The research added that as many as one in four men over 50 years will get a fracture due to osteoporosis. And over 2 million men in the US have osteoporosis, it said.
The study followed 95 men and 344 women over 50 years who were treated for a wrist fracture between 2007 and 2012.
Within six months of the wrist fracture, 55 percent women and 21 percent men started calcium and vitamin D supplements, the study said. Over 20 percent women and just 3 percent men started bisphosphonates, a medicine that helps bone mass go up.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become fragile and brittle and get prone to fracture.