I've been reading a lot today about osteoporosis. You know, because research is "me search." As a 39 year old otherwise healthy male, and not a postmenopausal woman , I should not have this low bone density disease ...
unless there's a secondary reason. Well, i can rule out: excessive alcohol use, glucocorticoid use, anti seizure medications ...
the question now is hormonal imbalance. Testing showed that my calcium and parathyroid hormone levels were ok, Vitamin D was mildly decreased, and my SPEP and UPEP (to check for mutliple myeloma) were fine.
But, my testosterone wasn't checked, and I believe low testosterone is a common secondary cause of osteoporosis in young males.
Could I have low testosterone?
Then it hit me, (warning, TMI part coming up) ... as an adolescent I was diagnkawd with having a varicocele.
So ... varicocele --> low testosterone --> osteoporosis --> stress fracture!
Well, I still have to have testing next week and see my endocrinologist next week, but if this pans out ... then I have to thank RUNNING and my INJURIES for unveiling an otherwise hidden health problem.
Weird how things work out, and how there are reasons for events in your life.