Male smokers have elevated risk of osteoporosis

March 12, 2015 4:48 PM

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Male smokers have elevated risk of osteoporosis

(Reuters Health) - Male smokers have a greater risk for osteoporosis than other men and even than women smokers, a recent study finds, suggesting that U.S. screening guidelines focused on women might need to be expanded to include men.

"We expected the risk would be worse for women, but it was actually worse for men," said senior study author Dr. Elizabeth Regan, a researcher at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. "The data also show that if men do have osteoporosis and get hip fractures, they do worse than the women."

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