Osteoporosis (porous bones) not only affects women after menopause, but also men, who can suffer equally from chronic bone pain. This disease is extremely rare in men under 40 and then usually occurs as a result of chronic diseases. On the other hand, approx. 10 –20% of men over 60 suffer from osteoporosis. Deterioration in bone mineral density can cause back pain and increased risk of bone fractures. There are many potential causes of osteoporosis including nutrition, smoking, excessive alcohol intake, cortisone therapy, lung disease or a decrease in male sex hormones (androgenes). Bone density can be determined with an x-ray. If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are treatment options including medication and vitamins in order to achieve an improvement in the bone density. The best preventative measure though is regular sport.