Study shows osteoporotic vertebral and hip fractures increase the risk for death

A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveals that vertebral and hip fractures as a result of osteoporosis may increase the risk of death. The Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study looked at a total of 7,753 randomly selected people aged 50 years and older.

Fractures were grouped by the year in which they occurred during follow-up. The researchers then examined the relation between the time of the fracture and death.

Compared with those who had no breaks during follow-up, participants who had a vertebral fracture in the second year were at increased risk of death. Also at risk were those who had a hip fracture during the first year.

Among women, the risk of death was increased for those with a vertebral fracture during the first or second year of follow-up. The risk was also increased among women with a hip fracture during the first year of follow-up.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 44 million Americans are at increased risk for bone fracture.