Do men have weaker bones?

The information published by IOS (International Osteoporosis Organization) revealed that about 30% of all hip fractures occur in men, whose risk of death increase considerably after hip fracture. Particularly, the researchers say that such patients have high rate mortality - 37%. Menís risk to die of hip fracture is 2 times higher, while women show bigger strength in this respect. The doctors that treat osteoporosis say that the disease is frequently neglected as it not even diagnosed and, consequently, remain untreated. Millions of patients enter the group of the most vulnerable persons with risk of lethal outcome and disability not depending upon the type of fracture.

The research work was performed on the subject, which was dedicated to World Osteoporosis Day (October 20). The title of report is 'Osteoporosis in men: why change needs to happen'. It said of the abilities of men with osteoporosis to live independently and without pain until they are old. The most vulnerable category includes men who feature continued inaction. Their condition brings to dependence upon the care and social care system.

This is wrong to consider that osteoporosis is a disease of women, as some people think. Osteoporotic fractures occur in one fifth of men who are older than 50 years old. But their number is going to increase as the men advance in age. The specialists say about 10-fold rise of the figure by 2050 in comparison with 1950 and the age of men diagnosed with this condition will be over 60. Their number varies from 90 million to 900 million of men.

Strength of bones: which sex is weaker?

As for strength of bones, men are weaker in this respect. The situation is even more complicated given that health care system often neglects this issue. Death incidence and disability caused by bone fractures are underestimated or just mistakenly skipped. American study demonstrated that only half of male patients were ready to get the corresponding treatment. The government cares about such diseases as cancer or heart disease ignoring osteoporosis at the same time, which is not regarded as threat frequently. Therefore the number of victims grows.

Bone fractures and sufferings of osteoporosis patients are neglected

Professor John A. Kanis said that risk of osteoporosis in men 50+ is 27% and this probability is higher than the risk to get prostate cancer, for instance. But the investments are still directed to fight with other diseases. Less money is spent on bone and joint diseases. The cascade of bone fractures is simply avoided and people are left alone with their pain, while it is possible to alleviate suffering of people diagnosed with osteoporosis.

When a person suffers from osteoporosis, his bones become fragile that brings to higher risk of bones fracture. There are different types of fractures, but some of them are more dangerous than others. For instance, spine and hip fractures bring to higher mortality. And this should be taken into consideration when the funds are distributed by health care professionals. Identification of the disease would save many lives and reduce the risk of fractures and negative outcome as a result of that. Only one fifth of patients diagnosed with disease get adequate treatment.

Professor Peter Ebeling from Australian University, a leading researcher of the study, made prognosis about the increase of such patients by 34% by 2050. In other words, this is 1.6 million of patients with this diagnosis. Increase of hip fractures by approximately 50% is expected in the period from 2010 to 2030. And, quite on the contrary, women will suffer less from this disease. The number of female patients is going to decrease 3.5%. It is important to find the solution to this problem as this is the fight for the quality of life and not for figures only. Measures taken in time will save many people, prolong their life and increase its quality as there will be no pain in it.