Prior Fractures Could Raise Older Women's Odds for
MONDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who suffered
bone fractures earlier in life may be at higher risk for
osteoporosis today, a new study suggests.
When these women develop osteoporosis, their loss in
health-related quality of life becomes similar to that experienced
by people with arthritis, lung disease, diabetes, and other chronic
diseases, said the international team of researchers.
The findings are from the Global Longitudinal Study of
Osteoporosis in Women (GLOW), led by the University of
Massachusetts Medical School. It includes women in 10 countries:
Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands,
Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The team interviewed 60,000 women over the age of 55. They found
that 90 percent of those with fractures suffered more pain,
depression, mobility problems, or anxiety. Spine, hip, and upper
leg fractures resulted in the greatest decrease in quality of
"Our study shows that the effects of fractures result in significant reductions in quality of life that are as lasting and as disabling as other chronic conditions," Cyrus Cooper, a professor of rheumatology at the University of Southampton, said in a university news release.
"As important, the greater the number of fractures, the greater the disability. More needs to be done to identify and treat individuals at the highest risk of fractures," Cooper said.
The research was published recently in the journal
Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and
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