Commentary: Male osteoporosis - Policy gaps in prevention and treatment

Katherine A. Marx, Charlene C. Quinn

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Abstract

Osteoporosis is a disabling disease affecting 10 million Americans, leading to increased risk of fractures and poor functional ability. Although typically thought of as a women's disease, millions of men are diagnosed with osteoporosis or low bone mass, and the risk for osteoporotic fractures is increasing. To address undetected and untreated osteoporosis among men, public health education should be targeted to males. Insurance programs, including Medicare, should add the heel qualitative ultrasound (QUS) for age-eligible men with follow-up every 2 years. Policy changes should address funding of targeted education and prevention programs for aging males, including coverage of screening tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-129
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 11 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health screening
  • Medicare
  • Men
  • Older adults
  • Osteoporosis
  • Policy
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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