Watch Out For Falls, Low Testosterone in Men, Bisphosphonate Pain

Lila de Tantillo Health Guide
  • Making Fall Prevention a Priority


    As concerning as the prospect of a fall is, it is heartening to know that experts around the world are taking this risk seriously and raising awareness, especially among seniors. Not everyone realizes that 9 out of 10 hip franctures is the result of a fall -- and not just in individuals who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. For this reason a team of Finnish researchers has been spreading the word about making changes in one's home to reduce risk of a fall. For the sake of yourself and your loved ones, remember that one's living area should be well-lit, free of unnecessary clutter and slippery rugs, and with sturdy grab bars in the bathrooms and showers for those when possible.

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    Low Testosterone Increases Men's Osteoporosis Risk


    Research conducted as part of the Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology Study has found that elderly men with low testosterone levels are more likely to break bones than those who have more of the sex hormone. Men usually have about 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter of blood testosterone, but about a quarter have levels below 300 nanograms per deciliter. Those with the low levels had a two-fold increase in fracture, even after accounting for other factors. It's great to see some thorough research on osteoporosis that finally takes into account the gravity of this condition for men.


    Bisphosphonate Pain?


    The FDA has issued a warning about joint, bone and muscle pain in patients taking bisphosphonates such as Fosamax and Actonel. While such pain had been considered a potential side effect, the FDA's alert should raise physician's awareness about the risk. The agency is continuing to look into this issue.


Published On: August 11, 2008