Lifewatch: Osteoporosis in men

SAN DIEGO -- Osteoporosis is a disease that usually effects older women, but has become a growing problem for men.

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, causing them to break easily.

According to Endocrinologist Dr. Jose Canales, the most common reason men get the disease is when "men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer are treated with medications that lower the testosterone level and that can put them at risk also for fractures."

A dexscan will tell you if you have osteoporosis, but there are no other symptoms.

"I have no pains or anything like that, but I would like to know where I stand," said patient Harry Raupp.

Bones with osteoporosis are holy, porous, lighter, and more likely to break.  A normal bone is dense and packed with calcium.

Over time, a diet rich in calcium, vitamin-D, supplements, and sometimes medications can prevent and even reverse osteoporosis.

The scan takes less than 10 minutes and is covered by insurance.

Doctors recommend a bone density scan for men over 70 and younger men who have prostate cancer or who smoke or drink heavily.

Reported by Kristy Ondo