Study shows osteoporotic hip fracture rates are rapidly increasing in China
According to new research, osteoporosis-related hip fractures are on the rise in Beijing, China. The data was presented at the first Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Singapore.
For the study, researchers studied hospital discharges from Beijing hospitals that treat hip fractures from 1990 to 1992 and 2002 to 2006. They also used census figures for 1990 and 2004.
According to their findings, the rate of hip fracture increased by 82 percent for women between 70 and 75 years old and 442 percent for women over age 85. Similar percentages were found in men.
In addition, the population over age 65 in Beijing more than doubled, and the ownership of cars increased from 4 to 18 per 100 adults. Because of this, the researchers concluded that hip fracture rates are on the rise potentially because of the growth in the number of elderly people and sedentary lifestyles.
This research shows that osteoporosis-related health risks are not exclusive to Western or industrialized countries.
According to the National Women's Health Information Center, 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 18 million more have low bone mass, placing them at risk for the disease.