Screening selected elderly males for osteoporosis may be cost-effective according to US experts writing in the 8 August issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Over 30% of all hip fractures happen to men - they are also as closely linked to a raised risk of death as they are for women. All told, white males over 60 run a 29% chance of experiencing a fracture.
In a separate finding which underlines the value of screening. Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are commonly-prescribed antidepressants, may lead to lower bone density and the risk of osteoporosis in older men and women.