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Preventing hip fractures: a key to healthy aging

Sticks and stones can break my bones – and so can aging. Risk of osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass and deteriorating bone tissue, increases with age, and so does increased risk of fracture. Known as the “silent thief,” deterioration can occur gradually without any symptoms. For post-menopausal women, the risk is even greater. By the time a break has occurred, the disease is usually advanced. The most common fractures associated with osteoporosis are in the hip, spine, wrist, and shoulder. An estimated 70% to 90% of hip fractures are caused by this chronic disease, which has no clearcut cause. According to a new study of Ontarians aged 65 and up, hip fracture predicts subsequent hip fracture. Any type of fracture in older adults is a significant predictor of a subsequent hip fracture, especially within the following two years.  The results reinforce the importance of early hip fracture

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