We all know that hip fractures can be deadly, but the latest report in the supplement to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reminds us just how dangerous they can be. After a hip fracture, 20 percent of women die within a year and 20 percent are permanently disabled. In addition, while the risk of osteoporosis is higher in Caucasian and Asian women, statistics show that minority groups have disproportionately negative outcomes in the event of a fracture. African American women, in particular, are twice as likely to die in the first year after a hip fracture than white women. This serves as a reminder to do all we can to increase osteoporosis awareness and preventive behavior all people. Read more about these troubling figures at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/84466.php.
Published On: October 19, 2007