Study shows a higher than expected risk for osteoporosis

(Becky Upham/ Everyday Health) — For most people younger than 70, bone health isn’t high on the list of concerns. But new research suggests that lack of awareness, even for people in their thirties, may have critical consequences.

A study published May 28 in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that 28 percent of men and 26 percent of women between ages 35 and 50 had osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis.

“We were very surprised by the results, particularly the high number of men who had osteopenia,” says Mary Allison Ford-Wade, PhD, a professor of health, exercise science, and recreation management at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, and a coauthor of the paper.

If you look at national data, women are much more likely to have osteopenia and osteoporosis than men are, says Dr. Ford-Wade. (…)

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