Osteoporosis Hip Fractures – How To Prevent and Reduce Their Occurrence

Mar 10, 2009 by

Osteoporosis Hip Fractures – How To Prevent and Reduce Their Occurrence

Osteoporosis, thanks to degenerate dietary and lifestyle habits, is a growing problem in developed nations. It also follows that fractures arising from osteoporosis are on the rise.

But did you know that fractures due to osteoporosis actually kills a significant number of people? I certainly didn’t. The following article gives us some suggestions on a few possible protective measures.

Study Shows Better Osteoporosis Management can Reduce Hip Fractures

by Reuben Chow

According to Richard M. Dell, an orthopedic surgeon at the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, the mortality rate arising from fractures related to osteoporosis is higher than the mortality rates for breast and cervical cancers put together. That is perhaps somewhat surprising, given how much damage we know those diseases are causing. The good news is that recent research led by Dr Dell has revealed that certain proactive measures which promote healthy bones can reduce the hip fracture rates of those who are at risk by an average of 37.2%.

About Osteoporosis and Hip Fractures

It is estimated that, in the United States, about 10 million people suffer from osteoporosis, while about 18 million have osteopenia, a condition whereby there is less severe loss of bone mass and which is generally accepted to lead to osteoporosis. About 80% of the Americans who have osteoporosis are women.

Generally speaking, osteoporosis can hit a person of any age. However, with the American population rapidly graying, the National Osteoporosis Foundation has stated that the issue of the disease has reached epidemic proportions. And aging populations, of course, is a worrying phenomenon which is gripping most developed nations.

Each year, more than 300,000 hip fractures take place in the US. And hip fractures are more serious than they first sound. Almost a quarter of those who suffer such fractures end up in a nursing home, while half fail to regain their functional capacity. More startling is the fact that some 25% of hip fracture patients die within one year of suffering the condition.

And even more disconcerting is the fact that “one-half of all women and one-third of all men will sustain a fragility fracture in their lifetime” and “the mortality rate due to osteoporosis-related fractures is greater than the rates for breast cancer and cervical cancer combined”, according to Dr Dell.

Details and Findings of Study

The study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center monitored over 625,000 persons aged over 50 years for a period of 5 years. The participants, which included both men and women, were from Southern California and they had specific risk factors for osteoporosis, hip fractures, or both.

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