Study reveals thyroid dysfunction may signify hip fracture risk in older men

According to a recent study, older men with thyroid dysfunction may be at an increased risk for hip fracture. Endocrine Today reports that the researchers studied 3,567 men and women with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or euthyroidism, who were age 65 or older.

The data revealed that 1,372 men reported hip fracture. Those who had hypothyroidism had a 1.86 increase in risk compared to the eurothyroid patients. In addition, men who had hyperthyroidism were three times as likely to incur hip fracture.

"This study suggests that older men with subclinical hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, including mild subclinical hypothyroidism, should undergo clinical evaluation regarding their risk of hip fracture," the researchers wrote. "Future studies should address directly whether correction of subclinical thyroid dysfunction in these men will reduce their hip fracture risk."

They added that "if confirmed, these study results will provide evidence to guide clinical recommendations about subclinical thyroid dysfunction."

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 44 million Americans are at increased risk for bone fracture. Additionally, one in three women and one in five men over 50 will experience fractures due to osteoporosis, the International Osteoporosis Foundation reports.
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