Osteoporosis in men is a critical health issue that is often overlooked, leading to poorer outcomes compared to women. This is due, in part, to a lack of awareness among both patients and healthcare professionals. Men are less likely to consider osteoporosis as a personal health risk, and this is mirrored by a degree of oversight in clinical assessments. Consequently, men often face a late diagnosis when the condition progresses significantly.
John’s case at the London Osteoporosis Clinic is indicative of this trend. Upon presentation, his severe osteoporosis was a shock, partially because of the prevailing misconception that it is predominantly a woman’s disease. This lack of awareness extends into patient networks, where conversations about bone health among men are rare and clinical practices, where the threshold for investigating bone health in men can be inappropriately high.
Furthermore, when osteoporosis is diagnosed in men, there is a tendency for investigations to be less thorough compared to those for women. This discrepancy can lead to suboptimal treatment choices, as not all risk factors and potential secondary causes are fully explored. The treatment for osteoporosis, while effective, requires a significant commitment to both pharmaceutical intervention and lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, patient adherence is often incomplete. Many men find it challenging to maintain the long-term treatment regimens and lifestyle adjustments necessary for managing osteoporosis effectively.
At the London Osteoporosis Clinic, we are acutely aware of these challenges and are committed to addressing them head-on. We strive to increase awareness and ensure that men receive early, comprehensive evaluations and the most appropriate, evidence-based treatment options. We also strongly emphasise patient education, empowering men like John to fully engage with their treatment plans and make informed decisions about their health.
It is vital to shift the narrative and enhance the understanding that osteoporosis significantly affects men. By doing so, we can improve outcomes through earlier diagnosis, more thorough investigations, better treatment choices, and improved patient adherence. The London Osteoporosis Clinic is dedicated to leading this change and providing men with the support they need to manage their bone health effectively.