After continuously suffering from very strong headaches, Giovanni was given cortisone as part of his treatment. What he didn't realize was that one of the side effects is bone weakening. Read along to see how he developed osteoporosis and his advice for avoiding a similar outcome.
In 2008, Gerry was lucky enough to have been diagnosed during a screening by his doctor due to secondary risk factors. Since then, he has managed his osteoporosis to just osteopenia and has steered clear of fractures. Although his life hasn't changed all that much, he now volunteers on a regular basis with Osteoporosis Canada. He finds that it helps people to be able to talk to someone who also has osteoporosis.
After serving in the army, Gennady Vasilyev picked up the habit of smoking and didn't let go of it for over 30 years. Once discharged, he began his career in agriculture, which is where he suffered his first fracture.
Just like women, men also are at risk of osteoporosis. Overall, 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis related fracture. This is greater than the likelihood of developing prostate cancer.