Cataracts Linked to Bone Loss and Fracture Risk

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People with cataracts may be at increased risk for osteoporosis and fractures related to bone loss, according to results of a study conducted in Taiwan and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

This study involved 57,972 cataract patients at the Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital in Taiwan and 57,972 controls who didn’t have cataracts. According to the researchers, 17,450 patients with cataracts and 12,627 of the healthy controls developed osteoporosis or fractures during the average 6.4-year follow-up. Overall, a cataract diagnosis was associated with 29 percent higher risk of osteoporosis or fracture, a risk that was reduced by 42 percent in those who had cataract surgery.

Specifically, the researchers found that cataracts were associated with a:

  • 43 percent higher risk of osteoporosis
  • 16 percent higher risk of hip fracture
  • 25 percent higher risk of spine (vertebral) fracture
  • 24 percent higher risk of other fractures

Sourced from: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society