Osteoporosis Risk Increases

September 30th, 2012 · No Comments ·

Women with small body frames are more likely to suffer from hip, rib and pelvis fractures than women with larger frames, according to a recent study. Older women with low body-weight are believed to sustain more fractures and have higher risks for osteoporosis because they have lower bone-density than other women.

In the study, researchers examined more than 8,000 women ages 65 and older, and compared the weights and risk levels for the participants. Women who weighed less than 127 pounds were twice as likely to have fractures in the hip, ribs and pelvis than women who weighed more than 161 pounds. Researchers found that body weight was a good indicator of osteoporosis and fracture risk, but they were unclear about why women with low body-weight are more likely to sustain certain types of fractures.

About one of every two women over the age of 50 will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture in the U.S, but diet, exercise and adequate amounts of calcium may be the best ways to prevent osteoporosis. Encourage your clients who are older than 50 to get their bone density tested and talk to their physicians about reducing their risk for osteoporosis and related fractures.

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