Osteoporosis is often considered a disease of women, but it actually has a major impact on men too. After the age of 70 years, both seem to be at equal risk.

All men 85 years and older should be screened for osteoporosis, and men as young as 65 years should be tested if they have certain risk factors for fracture, according to a new study.

Certain medications, such as steroids, are risk factors, as are certain chronic conditions, such as chronic lung disease, chronic liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, and lifestyle factors like drinking alcohol and smoking.

A diet adequate in calcium, 1st class proteins, vitamin K, vitamin D and certain other micro nutrients along with weight training exercises definitely help develop skeletal strength and reduce fracture risk.

Guest Article by Dietician Shwetha Bhatia