The fact is that men are more likely to get osteoporosis (bone loss) than prostate cancer. One in four men over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture. Two million men have this disease.
Larry Curson was a strapping 6-foot-1-inch farmer growing 200 acres of corn and raising some 550 head of cattle and hogs in Marshalltown, Iowa. Then, at age 38, he was hospitalized for a blood clot in his left leg, and doctors discovered that his bones were breaking.
Now, 25 years later, Curson walks on crutches. Because of the broken vertebrae in his back, he stands just 5-foot-5. He fills his days carving wooden caricatures for friends, having given up farming 23 years ago.
Osteoporosis: Men Suffer, Too [BusinessWeek.com, 21-Jun-04]