even less than a dozen cigarettes a day puts men at risk for
osteoporosis or " brittle bones."
In a study of 719 men ages 51
to 85, those who had smoked the most packs during their lifetime — more than 7,120 — had lower bone
mineral density than those who smoked less.
This adverse effect on bone
health occurred even with the men who smoked 10 or less a day.
These male smokers as a group were found to have a higher risk of spinal
curvature than non-smokers.
When the men were categorized
by weight, they found that smoking appeared to only weaken the bones of
those who weighed less than 165 pounds.
Osteoporosis affects an estimated 8 million women and
2 million men in the United States, and 18 million more have low bone
mass that puts them at risk for osteoporosis, according to the National
Osteoporosis Foundation. Osteoporosis can contribute to hip fractures,
which can lead to chronic disability and hasten death.
SOURCE: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology &
Top 10 Health Risks for Men
Did you know? Each year millions of men die of
conditions that are largely preventable. Here a list of the current
leading causes of death in American men according to the Mayo Clinic:
1. Heart disease
5. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
9. Kidney disease
10. Chronic liver disease or cirrhosis
February 06, 2008