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Fractures related to thinning of the bone up dramatically

Sep 28, 2009

Osteoporosis refers to thinning and weakening of the bone; this raises the risk for serious and life threatening fractures of the hip and spine. According to a recently published US government report the number of Americans hospitalized for fractures related to thinning bones has jumped substantially with a 55% increase over a ten-year period. In 2006, 254,000 Americans were hospitalized because they had a serious fracture related to the bone thinning condition osteoporosis – with fractures of the spine and hip ranking high up among the most common.

The researchers feel that the following could be part of the reason why there is a jump in injuries;  
  • aging of the population  
  •  lack of exercise  
  • inadequate intake of Calcium and Vitamin D
  • increased use of prescription drugs that contribute to thinning the bone including diuretics and proton pump inhibitors

The report out of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRC) showed that 89% of brittle bone related hospital stays were in women, and that adults over the age of 65 accounted for about 90% of these stays.