Could your husband, or brother, have osteoporosis and not know it? It isn’t often discussed, but men also get this bone-thinning disease that can lead to fractures and disabilities.
The focus has mainly been on women because once they enter menopause, usually around 50, they produce less estrogen and their bones weaken. Men also go through hormonal changes that affect their bones, but they do so about 10 years later.
Since men’s life spans have historically been shorter than women’s, the problem hasn’t been as acute. That is changing as men live longer.