Men Over 65: How Can Bone Density Testing Help You?

Posted on

If you're a gentleman who's 65 years of age or very close to 70 years of age, speak to a family medical doctor, such as Hampstead Medical Center PC, about having your bones tested for osteoporosis. Although a loss of bone mass (osteoporosis) usually develops in post-menopausal women, the disease can show up in older males. Osteoporosis can cause many problems for you, including bone fractures of the spine and hips. Here's more information about male osteoporosis and what you can do to protect your bones from it.

Why and How Does Osteoporosis Affect Men?

Most men and women experience a decrease in bone production and growth once they reach their 30s, or third decade of life. However, the most prevalent signs of bone loss generally occur between 65 and 70 years of age. Although bone loss occurs naturally as a part of the aging process, it can become worse if you smoke, drink too much alcohol or weigh more than you should. Certain medications and diseases can cause bone loss, including hormone replacement drugs and digestive system problems. 

Bone mass reduction can occur in many different areas of your body, including your wrists, spinal bones and hips. If you currently work in a profession that requires you to bend, lift or stoop, it's important that you keep your bones as strong as possible to avoid fracturing them.

One of the things you can do is get tested for bone loss.

How Can You Protect Your Bones?

Bone density tests can reveal the locations and amount of bone loss in specific areas of your body, including your spine and arms. The techniques used for the test include the bone densitometry test. The test may require you to lie down on a comfortable padded table for the exam. A radiography machine attached to a long arm travels over your body during the test. The machine measures your bone mass as it operates. If you have concerns about how the test works, contact a family doctor for more information.

You can also protect your bones by eating plenty of leafy green vegetables and low fat dairy foods. These types of food contain vitamin D and calcium, which your bones need to regenerate and build stronger tissue. In addition, ask a medical center for tips on how to incorporate bone-building exercises into your life, including strength training. Even older adults can benefit from strength-training exercises

For more details about male osteoporosis or testing, contact a family medical center today.