Male Osteoporosis A Real Danger
June 09, 2019
By Robert Donnell, RPh, Vital Care Compounder
Recent data indicates that male osteoporosis is becoming more prevalent as the average age increases. This originally was thought to only affect only older women, but now this condition is showing up in men more often. Osteoporosis is a reduced mineral density of the bone and this may increase the danger of fractures and injuries.
Osteopenia is a condition that is a little better than osteoporosis but is a danger signal that something is not right in our lifestyle. In our country, over half of the population 50 years and older have this condition or worse. Falls or injuries resulting from this condition result in millions of fractures on a yearly basis. This results in increased chances for infections due to the need for surgical repair, possible loss of employment, and reduced quality of life.
There are many risk factors that influence the increase in the incidence of this condition in men:
- Diet poor in calcium and vitamin D
- Excessive intake of protein, sodium, and caffeine
- Medications such as acid blockers (Prilosec and Nexium) may block dietary calcium
- Alcohol overuse
- Inactive lifestyle
- Low androgen (testosterone) levels
As men pass age 25, their production of this male hormone begins to fall about two percent per year. So, at age 50 or older, the production falls past the level that causes the body to pick up and place calcium on the bones. In addition to the testosterone falling, the female hormone estrogen begins to rise when men reach later middle age. Some men actually seem to convert the little testosterone that is produced into estrogen. A hormone called Aromatase causes this conversion and this can be prevented or slowed down by a prescription drug called anastrazole 0.5mg, taken one to three times weekly, or by an over-the-counter product called Chrysin.
As mentioned, some drugs called proton pump inhibitors prevent stomach acid from being produced. This improves gastric conditions in some patients that may have ulcers and other tummy conditions. Since acid is necessary for calcium absorption, these patients have been found to have a much higher rate of falls with fractures than patients not taking this medication.
We are also told to avoid sunlight, and if we do go out in the sun, to wear sunscreen. When we do this, it is possible that we do not get enough Vitamin D, which is very necessary for bone formation.
Therefore, patients need to take a wonderful calcium supplement formulated for this very important condition. The nationally marketed products are much better than they were years ago, but they lack the latest in formulation innovations that a compounding pharmacy can offer. Supplements that patients need to look for is a calcium supplement with the acid mentioned above added, Vitamins D3 and K3, and the trace minerals boron, manganese, and magnesium. All these have shown to improve calcium placement onto the bones.
In summary, men are living longer, and are having more and more problems with calcium and bone loss. Thus, more fractures are being reported. Because the aging population heals slowly, often a full recovery is never attained. We encourage you to contact your compounding pharmacy or pharmacist and determine if your supplement is adequate for your condition.
We enjoy visiting with you about your health and look forward to hearing from you. Our pharmaceutical-grade supplements help people on a daily basis to improve their therapy outcomes and ultimately their quality of life. Vital Care Compounder is located at 115 South 40th Ave., Hattiesburg. Call 601-261-0503 for more information or visit www.vitalcarecompounder.com.
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