Osteoporosis is one of the fastest-growing epidemics affecting the elderly population in the US. Osteoporosis results in decreased bone density and an increased risk of fractures that significantly impair mobility, independence, and ability to participate in work and leisure activities. Traditionally, osteoporosis is detectable by bone density scanning (DEXA scan).

A recent set of guidelines for usage of DEXA scan in males has been published by the Endocrine Society. Among those who should undergo DEXA scan are males who:

  • Are older than age 70
  • Are older than age 50 who have sustained a fracture of the spine or hip
  • Are older than age 50 who smoke cigarettes or have low body weight

The guidelines appear in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The abstract of the guidelines appears here.