19815 Bay Branch Rd
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
(334) 222-2523
HELPLINE: 1-877-530-0002



Facebook    

 

SCAMHC is an approved Mental Health site for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment program.  Find out the program details and see if you qualify by visiting: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/

SCAMHC is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace

 

 

 

 


powered by centersite dot net
Aging & Geriatrics
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
How Well Are You Aging? A Blood Test Might TellTaking Several Prescription Drugs May Trigger Serious Side EffectsCards, Board Games Could Be a Win for Aging BrainsAir Pollution May Up Glaucoma RiskEven in Small Doses, Air Pollution Harms Older AmericansCan Air Pollution Take a Toll on Your Memory?AHA News: Obesity, Other Factors May Speed Up Brain AgingGrandma Isn't So Lonely After AllMuscle in Middle Age Might Help Men's Hearts LaterFish Oil Rx Slows Clogging in ArteriesStatins Won't Harm Aging Brains, and May Even HelpAlmost Half of Older Americans Fear Dementia, Try Untested Ways to Fight ItFor Older Adults, More Exercise Lowers Heart Disease RiskPeople Who Can't Read Face 2-3 Times Higher Dementia RiskAHA News: Omega-3 May Boost Brain Health in People With a Common Heart DiseaseCommon Muscle Relaxant Could Pose Mental Dangers for SeniorsEducation a Buffer Against Alzheimer's Among Blacks: StudyEven a Little Exercise May Bring a Brain BoostVitamin D is Key to Muscle Strength in Older AdultsMany Older Americans Misuse Antibiotics: PollMany on Medicare Still Face Crippling Medical BillsTest Given at 8 May Predict Your Brain Health in Old AgeNumber of Americans With Dementia Will Double by 2040: Report'Dramatic Increase' Seen in U.S. Deaths From Heart FailureToo Many Seniors Back in Hospital for Infections Treated During First StayFor Seniors, Financial Woes Can Be Forerunner to Alzheimer'sGet Moving: Exercise Can Help Lower Older Women's Fracture RiskDon't Forget These Tips to Boost Your MemoryFamily Can Help Keep Delirium at Bay After SurgeryHow to Manage Your OsteoarthritisHealth Tip: Brain Games for SeniorsYour Personality as a Teen May Predict Your Risk of DementiaSteroid Shots for Painful Joints May Make Matters WorseHow Fast You Walk Might Show How Fast You're AgingStandard Memory Tests for Seniors Might Differ by GenderAHA News: Growing – and Aging – Hispanic Population at Risk for DementiaStroke Rate Continues to Fall Among Older AmericansMany U.S. Seniors Are Going Hungry, Study FindsMany Poor, Minority Seniors Get Cancer Diagnosis in the ERGive Seniors a Memory Check at Annual Checkups, Experts SayFor People at High Risk, Evidence That Exercise Might Slow Alzheimer'sStaying Healthy Now to Work Into Older AgeAggressive Blood Pressure Treatment Does Not Put Seniors at Risk: StudyCan Older Women Stop Getting Mammograms?Getting Hitched Might Lower Your Odds for DementiaMany Older Americans Aren't Equipped to Weather Hurricanes Like DorianHow You Can Help Head Off Alzheimer's DiseaseWho's Most Likely to Scam a Senior? The Answer May Surprise YouAHA News: Time With Grandkids Could Boost Health – Even LifespanEven Age 80 Is Not Too Late to Begin Exercising: Study
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Elder Care

Many Middle-Aged Men May Have Signs of Thinning Bones

HealthDay News
by By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter
Updated: May 30th 2019

new article illustration

THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Brittle bones are often seen as a woman's health issue, but low bone mass may be more common among middle-aged men than generally thought, a small study suggests.

The research, of 173 adults aged 35 to 50, found that men and women were equally likely to have low bone mass in the hip. It was found in 28% of men and 26% of women.

Those study participants, the researchers said, had osteopenia, or lower-than-normal bone density. In some cases, it progresses to osteoporosis -- the brittle-bone disease that makes people vulnerable to fractures.

The fact that osteopenia was just as common in men came as a surprise, said researcher Allison Ford, a professor of health and exercise science at the University of Mississippi.

Full-blown osteoporosis is clearly more common in women. About one-quarter of U.S. women aged 65 and up have the condition in the hip or lower spine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That compares with about 5% of men the same age.

But, Ford said, the new findings suggest low bone density might be more common in middle-aged men than appreciated.

"Low bone mineral density and osteoporosis affect men," she said. "They should not be overlooked."

Ford suggested men take steps to help ensure their bones stay healthy -- including eating a well-balanced diet with enough calcium, getting adequate vitamin D, and performing weight-bearing exercise.

Weight-bearing refers to activities that make the body move against gravity. Jogging, dancing, stair-climbing and walking all qualify, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

The findings were published May 28 in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The research was based on bone density scans of 173 men and women. All were recruited from the University of Mississippi or the surrounding community, and most were white.

That's a limitation, Ford noted, because it's not clear whether the prevalence of osteopenia would be the same in a larger, more diverse population.

Ford said the findings "shed light" on low bone density in men, but more research is needed.

According to Dr. Michael Lewiecki, a trustee with the National Osteoporosis Foundation, "There's a general message from this study that's useful. Men can have low bone density and develop osteoporosis, too."

The condition typically manifests later for men. They generally have larger bones than women, and they don't go through the rapid hormonal changes of menopause, noted Lewiecki, who also directs the New Mexico Clinical Research and Osteoporosis Center, in Albuquerque.

Men do, however, see a gradual waning in testosterone, and low testosterone is one contributor to osteoporosis in men, Lewiecki said. Heavy drinking is another risk factor for bone loss, he noted, particularly when it comes to men's risk.

The osteoporosis foundation suggests that men aged 70 and older have their bone density screened, Lewiecki said. It's also recommended for people who break a bone after age 50.

In addition, men should see their doctor if they've lost 1.5 inches or more in height, Lewiecki advised. That could be a sign of a vertebral fracture.

Lewiecki agreed that exercise is one of the keys to maintaining bone health -- not only weight-bearing exercise, he said, but also muscle-strengthening and activities that challenge balance skills.

As for the "don'ts," he said, it's important to avoid smoking and heavy drinking.

More information

The National Osteoporosis Foundation has an overview on osteoporosis.