Hip Frac­ture?

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

Are­cent study re­view (‘Jour­nal of In­ter­nal Medicine’) sug­gests that peo­ple aged 60 and above who have ex­pe­ri­enced a hip frac­ture are at in­creased risk of dy­ing not only in the short term af­ter the frac­tures, but also a num­ber of years later. Hip frac­ture surgery in­creases the risk for blood clots and pneu­mo­nia, while the frac­ture it­self can pre­dis­pose se­niors to frailty, a con­di­tion of di­min­ished phys­i­o­logic re­serve which it­self raises mor­tal­ity risk. You can help pre­vent frac­tures by ‘fall­proof­ing’ your home (get rid of throw rugs, and in­stall grab bars). If you’ve al­ready suf­fered a frac­ture, dis­cuss with your doc­tor ways to pre­vent fur­ther in­juries, and ask about get­ting screened for the bone-thin­ning dis­ease os­teo­poro­sis.

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