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Today's Geriatric Medicine
E-Newsletter    May 2024
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Editor's E-Note

Recognizing the burden of osteoporosis in older men, a working group of the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, and Musculoskeletal Diseases has released new recommendations to help clinicians diagnose, monitor, and treat the disease in men.

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New Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Management of Osteoporosis in Men

Worldwide, it is estimated that one in five men over the age of 50 years will experience an osteoporotic fracture in their remaining lifetime, and the number of hip fractures in men is expected to rise by approximately 310% between 1990 and 2050. Despite its great burden among older men, osteoporosis is still often viewed as a woman’s disease, and underdiagnosis and undertreatment of the condition in men is even more prevalent than in women. In response, an international multidisciplinary working group of the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) has now issued GRADE-assessed recommendations for the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of osteoporosis in men.

Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, senior author and president of ESCEO, states, “It's important to recognize that osteoporosis in men carries substantial morbidity and mortality, with rates comparable to or even exceeding those in women with the condition. The ESCEO international working group was convened to provide new management recommendations that are informed by the latest developments in research and up-to-date expert opinion related to diagnostic and screening approaches for osteoporosis and its associated high fracture risk in men.”

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