Study: Osteoporosis-related bone fractures decrease quality of life
According to a recent study, osteoporosis is more common in women who fractured bones when they were younger. The study, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings
, also found that women with this condition experience a similar loss in health-related quality of life as those with arthritis, lung disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Researchers from the Universities of Southampton and Cambridge interviewed 60,000 women over the age of 55. The team found that 90 percent of women with fractures suffered more mobility problems, pain, anxiety or depression.
Using a standardized index measuring five dimensions of health - mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain or discomfort, and anxiety or depression - the study authors administered health surveys to assess health-related quality of life. The study found that spine, hip and upper leg fractures resulted in the greatest decrease in quality of life.
Cyrus Cooper, professor of rheumatology at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton's Faculty of Medicine, wrote, "Our study shows that the effects of fractures result in significant reductions in quality of life that are as lasting and as disabling as other chronic conditions. As important, the greater the number of fractures, the greater the disability."