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Who's at Greater Risk of Hip Fracture?
Reg and I, are both considered the high-risk area for fractures.
Reg has the loss of balance problem associated with frontal lobe dementia and at 69 years with slender build and osteoporosis in his family all being high-risk factors for a fracture and I have osteoporosis of the spine and I am borderline osteoporosis of the hip. Reg was advised by his doctor to walk on uneven ground to maintain his balance, and I am advised to do weight bearing exercises and make sure my diet meets my nutrient requirements to help maintain bone density. As a partnership, we share everything so after I use my weights, I pass them to Reg and say, ‘it’s your turn’, and we go on our uneven surface walks together.
(HealthDay News) -- A hip fracture can be a very serious injury. People who break a hip are up to 18 percent more likely to die within a year that other people their age, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.
While some factors are beyond your control, there are things you can do to reduce your risk. The academy offers this list of things that increase your risk of hip fracture:
- Being 65 or older.
- Being female.
- Having a family history of fractures in older age, especially for Asians and whites.
- Having a slender, slim body type.
- Not getting enough dietary calcium.
- Drinking too much alcohol or smoking.
- Having impaired eyesight, arthritis or poor balance.
- Taking certain medications that may make you dizzy or weak.
- Having some forms of dementia.