Vertebral fracture, one of the most frequent osteoporotic fractures in both sexes, is a powerful indicator of future osteoporotic fractures. Vertebral fractures are associated with increased mortality and decreased quality of life. Osteoporosis is a major predictor of low-trauma fracture. The Male Osteoporosis Risk Estimation Score, a clinical prediction tool that uses age, weight and a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, was developed and validated previously to identify men at risk for hip osteoporosis who might benefit from bone densitometry. A new study by UTMB researchers Dr. Angela J. Shepherd, Dr. Alvah R. Cass and Laura Ray evaluated the effectiveness of the MORES to identify men at risk of lumbar osteoporosis.