For Older Women, Year Following Hip Fracture Can Be Especially Deadly

Tue, 09/27/2011 - 6:19am
Amanda MacMillan

Women age 65 and older who fracture a hip are much more likely to die from any cause during the following year than they would be if they had avoided injury, a new study suggests.

The increased risk of death associated with hip fractures was especially dramatic among younger women. In the 65- to 69-year-old age group, the odds of death were five times higher for women in a post-fracture year than they were for non-injured women of the same age, the study found.

Many of the 300,000 hip fractures that occur each year in the United States happen in postmenopausal women with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, typically after a fall or other accident. Researchers have already established that these fractures increase the risk of death, but they haven't been able to rule out the possibility that women who fracture a hip are already at greater risk before their injury.

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