Department of Endocrinology, Kloevervaenget 6, 1st Floor, Odense University Hospital and Institute of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, 5000 Odense C, Denmark. dorthe.nielsen@OUH.regionsyddanmark.dk
Osteoporotic fractures in men are an increasing public health problem. Male osteoporosis is often a low-prioritized issue, however. To examine men's experiences with osteoporosis and how they handle osteoporosis in their everyday lives, the authors collected data from four focus groups with a total of 16 men aged 51 to 82 years diagnosed with osteoporosis. Critical psychology was used as a theoretical framework for the data analysis, which aimed to elicit information about the men's daily lives. The men handled osteoporosis in different ways using different strategies. The authors found patterns that resonated with the social construction of hegemonic masculinity as displayed through the men's fear of weakness and endurance through physical activity, as well as identity construction through active decision making in relation to health. Understanding and implementation of these issues is necessary in the development of preventive, screening, and monitoring strategies, as well as in the clinical care of men with osteoporosis.