McMaster University

McMaster University

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Osteoporosis and Men

Published: October 24, 2007
Dr. Aliya Khan
Dr. Aliya Khan

McMaster University osteoporosis specialist Dr. Aliya Khan says screening men for osteoporosis is a critical issue which needs to be constantly kept in the public’s eye.

Dr. Khan and colleagues point out in a letter in the latest (Tuesday, Oct. 23) issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) that one-third of all hip fractures occur in men – and result in as much illness and more deaths than in women.

Recent studies show a large portion of the total cost of treating fractures goes to men, mainly because of increasing numbers of elderly men in the population.

In an earlier issue of the CMAJ, Dr. Khan and colleagues recommended targeting those at high risk of developing a fracture for drug treatment, arguing this would improve the cost-effectiveness of treatment.

The Osteoporosis Society of Canada is in the process of completing an exhaustive evidence-based review of osteoporosis in men and its results will reflect future guidelines for treatment, said Dr. Khan, professor of clinical medicine in the divisions of endocrinology and geriatrics at McMaster University.

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