Putting a little sex in your orthopaedic practice

By Mary I. O’Connor, MD, and Laura L. Tosi, MD

Not just for women: Is vitamin D the key to bone health?

Although men sustain fewer hip fractures than women, their recuperation is significantly more difficult. More men are underdiagnosed and undertreated for osteoporosis after a hip fracture (only about 1 percent of males are discharged with treatment, compared to 25 percent of females), and few FDA-recommended pharmacologic treatments for men with osteoporosis exist. Although osteoporosis is four times as likely to develop in women than men, severe osteoporosis resulting in disability and death is more likely to occur in men.

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