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Elderly Women Who Break a Hip at Increased Risk of Dying Within a Year
Date:9/26/2011

among all women in the study were heart disease, cancer and stroke.

Among women who broke a hip, more than half of the short-term deaths occurred within three months after the fracture and nearly three-quarters occurred within six months. The only women who had a higher long-term risk of death (within 10 years) after hip fracture were the women ages 65-69.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about half of women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis, which is a thinning or weakening of the bone that can cause bones to break more easily. The foundation recommends that women 65 and older, and pre-menopausal women with risk factors such as low body weight, smoking or long-term steroid use, should get a bone density scan to determine if they have or are at risk for developing osteoporosis. Once diagnosed, many women start taking medication to strengthen their bones and decrease the risk of fracture.

Other tips to prevent hip fractures include:

  • Ensure adequate calcium and vitamin D intake
  • Do weight-bearing and balancing exercises
  • Avoid cigarette smoking
  • Have a home assessment to make sure your home is fall proof

See the National Osteoporosis Foundation website for more information: www.nof.org

This study is part of Kaiser Permanente's ongoing work to research and prevent hip fractures. Kaiser Permanente's Healthy Bones Program aggressively targets people at risk for hip fractures by identifying them through Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect® to ensure they get the bone density screenings and medications they need. The multidisciplinary team includes orthopedic surgeons and providers from endocrinology, family practice, internal medicine, rheumatology, gynecology, physical therapy, disease/care managemen
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