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High-trauma fractures in older men and women linked to osteoporosis
Date:11/28/2007

participant to learn how it occurred. Without knowledge of the participants BMD, staff classified each fracture as high-trauma or low-trauma. High-trauma fractures were defined as those caused by motor vehicle crashes and falls from greater than standing height, and low-trauma fractures were defined as those resulting from falls from standing height and less severe trauma.

Cummings and his team discovered that the relationship between BMD and fracture risk was similar for high-trauma and low-trauma fractures. They also found that women who experienced a high-trauma fracture were at increased risk for future fractures. (A similar analysis was not conducted in men because of the shorter follow-up time.) "It is becoming increasingly clear that any fracture experienced by an older individual is worthy of an osteoporosis evaluation," says Sheryl S. Sherman, Ph.D., Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology Branch, NIA.

"We believe that this study changes the definition of osteoporotic fracture and expands the number of fractures that should be considered as such," Cummings says. "Moreover, it is critical that fractures that occur as a result of high trauma be included as outcomes in future studies, so that we may fully understand the impact of these fractures and develop strategies to prevent them."


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