When it comes to osteoporosis, there are specific risk factors for men.
Height loss or
If you’re 50 or older, have broken 1 or more bones in the past, or noticed that you’re shorter by an inch or more, you may already have osteoporosis.
Bone density decreases as men get older, especially around the age of 70.
If you have a family history of osteoporosis or broken bones, you may be at risk.
Low hormone levels
Low levels of either testosterone or estrogen can contribute to bone loss in men.
Don’t wait until you experience back pain, height loss, or some other symptoms to ask your doctor about osteoporosis. You should also ask about your T-score and treatment options
It’s an important score to follow. Your T-score defines your bone mineral density (BMD), which lets you and your doctor know how healthy your bones are.
Bone mineral density is measured with a DXA scan (sometimes pronounced dexa). This is a fast and pain-free test that determines your T-score, and helps your doctor choose which treatment is right for you.
Keep in mind, Medicare covers DXA scans for men with or at risk of developing osteoporosis.
See below for how osteoporosis affects your T-score
A T-score of -2.5 or lower is defined as osteoporosis. The lower the score, the greater your risk of fracture.
Bone images courtesy of David W. Dempster, PhD, 2000. Reproduced with permission.
If your height just isn’t what it used to be, the reason may surprise you. Height loss is sometimes an indicator of osteoporosis.
If you’ve lost about an inch of height or more in the past year, it may be time to talk to your doctor about osteoporosis.
What are the possible side effects of Prolia®?
It is not known if the use of Prolia® over a long period of time may cause slow healing of broken bones. The most common side effects of Prolia® in women being treated for osteoporosis after menopause are back pain, pain in your arms and legs, high cholesterol, muscle pain, and bladder infection.
The most common side effects of Prolia® in men with osteoporosis are back pain, joint pain, and common cold (runny nose or sore throat).
The most common side effects of Prolia® in patients with corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis are back pain, high blood pressure, lung infection (bronchitis), and headache.
The most common side effects of Prolia® in patients receiving certain treatments for prostate or breast cancer are joint pain, back pain, pain in your arms and legs, and muscle pain. Additionally, in Prolia®-treated men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer receiving ADT, a greater incidence of cataracts was observed.
These are not all the possible side effects of Prolia®. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat osteoporosis in women after menopause who are at high risk for fracture or cannot use another osteoporosis medicine or other osteoporosis medicines did not work well.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis who are at high risk for fracture.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat osteoporosis in men and women who will be taking corticosteroid medicines (such as prednisone) for at least six months and are at high risk for fracture.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat bone loss in men who are at high risk for fracture receiving certain treatments for prostate cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.
Prolia® is a prescription medicine used to treat bone loss in women who are at high risk for fracture receiving certain treatments for breast cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.