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Editor's Correspondence
January 26, 1998

Osteoporosis in Men

Arch Intern Med. 1998;158(2):194. doi:

We live in the midst of an osteoporosis epidemic. With the population aging, osteoporosis is becoming a major national health issue. While it affects both women and men, only recently has it been gaining attention in men.1 Still, the problem remains unrecognized by the vast majority of the medical community.

Androgen deprivation is emerging as an important risk factor for osteoporosis in men. Stepan et al2 examined a group of 12 men who had undergone bilateral orchiectomy for sexual delinquency up to 11 years before the study. The mean age at orchiectomy was 28 years (age range, 20-42 years).

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