Men's Health Week: “Man Up” to Prevent Osteoporosis

If you think you’re not at risk of getting osteoporosis because you’re a man, think again! While it is true that women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men, osteoporosis in men is common. Men’s Health Week, which is celebrated each year around Father's Day, is the perfect time for men to acknowledge their risk of developing osteoporosis, and take action to prevent the disease today.

Fast Facts

  • Up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
  • Approximately two million American men already have osteoporosis. About 12 million more are at risk.
  • Men older than 50 are more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than they are to get prostate cancer.
  • Each year, about 80,000 men will break a hip. Proportionately more men than women die as a result of a hip fracture – 37% of men who suffer a hip fracture will die within the year following that fractured hip. Men are also more likely than women to require care in a long-term facility after a hip fracture.
  • Men can break bones in the spine or break a hip, but this usually happens at a later age than women.
  • Prescription medicines for osteoporosis are only recommended for men ages 50 and older who have had a spine or hip fracture, as well as men at high risk of fracture. Osteoporosis drugs are not substitutes for proper nutrition.

Men’s Nutrition

Nutrition is fundamental for bone health and you can’t have healthy bones if you have a dietary deficiency.

Calcium and Vitamin D are staples of better bone health for men and women. That’s why Silical® 1, part of the Silical® System*, contains a balanced amount of calcium and vitamin D for strong bones.

  • Men under age 50 need a total of 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium* and 400-800 international units (IU) of vitamin D every day.
  • Men age 50-69 need a total of 1,000 mg of calcium and 800-1,000 IUs of vitamin D every day.
  • Men age 70 and older need a total of 1,200 mg of calcium and 800-1,000 IUs of vitamin D every day.

Calcium and vitamin D are the most commonly known and manufactured supplements, and until recently were assumed to be the only nutrients required for bone health. Today, the evidence clearly shows that there are at least 9 essential nutrients needed for better bone health –

  • Magnesium directs calcium into bone. Supplementation with calcium and Vitamin D without a balancing amount of magnesium may cause further magnesium deficiency and trigger a series of events leading to bone loss and possibly osteoporosis. Men over the age of 51 need 420 mg magnesium, and most are deficient.
  • Boron stabilizes vitamin D so that it doubles the length of time that vitamin D is available to your body, thus improving its effects. Boron also helps regulate calcium and magnesium levels in your body. Studies show increased bone mineral metabolism when more than 3 mg/day is taken, yet the average intake of Boron is just 1mg/day.
  • Vitamin K plays a powerful role in bone mineralization, making bones tough and strong. When taken at levels of more than 109 mcg (micrograms) daily, Vitamin K is associated with improved bone density. Vitamin K may also reduce fracture rates - even in people with already low bone density. Improved bone density is reported with more than 109 mcg/day, yet the average dietary intake of vitamin K in the U.S. is 80 mcg.
  • There is epidemiological data showing that men who consume higher levels of silicon in their diet have improved bone density because silicon helps drive calcium into bone. This helps with the formation of new bone, and the strengthening of mature bone. Studies show increased bone mineral density with more than 40 mg/day, and most adult men are probably getting half that amount.

Institute for Better Bone Health is proud to be a National Osteoporosis Foundation Professional Partners Network member – working together to prevent osteoporosis. There’s much more you can do to prevent osteoporosis naturally. Visit our website at for information and resources that may be of help.

*Adequate calcium and vitamin D consumption throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

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