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Osteoporosis

Possible Causes for Osteoporosis in Males

07/05/2007

Question:

I am a healthy male in my 40`s and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis in the spine and osteopenia in the hip. What types of conditions should I be tested for to try and find a possible cause for my osteoporosis? Aren`t I a little young and the wrong sex to have full-blown osteoporosis? Thank you.

Answer:

Some of the items to review are history of smoking, glucocorticoid or anticonvulsant use, chemotherapy, excessive thinness, complete blood count, thyroid function, metabolic profile, prolactin level, testosterone level, serum protein electrophoresis, celiac disease, 24 hour urine for calcium, sodium, and cortisol levels.

Review of family history for signs of osteoporosis could also be helpful.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati