Osteoporosis in Men
About 20-25% of hip fractures related to Osteoporosis occur in men.
It is estimated that the residual lifetime risk of experiencing an osteoporotic fracture in men over the age of 50 is up to 27%, higher than the lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer of 11.3% ( 255,15).
Vertebral fractures may cause equal morbidity in men and women. Hip fractures in men cause significant morbidity and loss of normal functioning (16).
As in women, the mortality rate in men after hip fracture increases with age and is highest in the year after a fracture (18,19). Over the first 6 months, the mortality rate in men approximately doubled that in similarly aged women (18).
Forearm fracture is an early and sensitive marker of male skeletal fragility. In aging men, wrist fractures carry a higher absolute risk for hip fracture than spinal fractures in comparison to women (20).
In Sweden, osteoporotic fractures in men account for more hospital bed days than those due to prostate cancer (21).
In 2025, the estimated number of hip fractures occurring worldwide in men will be similar to that observed in women in 1990 (244).