Study: Some older men should receive osteoporosis screening

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Screening and treating older men for osteoporosis may prove to be cost-effective, especially if they have had a prior fracture, a new study suggests.

Nearly 15% of men age 65 who had a prior fracture were found to have osteoporosis. The bone-thinning disease was prevalent in about 34% of men with prior fracture at age 85, according to researchers at Park Nicollet Health Services, Minneapolis. In the absence of prior facture the incidence of osteoporosis was lower at both ages.

Universal bone density screening followed by oral medication therapy may be cost-effective for men aged 65 years or older with a prior clinical fracture and for men aged 80 years or older regardless of fracture history. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported the study.