Study finds that weight loss of 10% or more in seniors increases the risk of hip fracture

Study finds that weight loss of 10% or more in seniors increases the risk of hip fracture

A recent study released at the 2014 IOF Asia-Pacific Regionals Osteoporosis Meeting in Taipei, has shown that elderly people who experience a weight loss of 10% have a 55% higher chance of suffering a hip fracture, compared to those who maintained their weight. 

The study used 63,257 Chinese men and women aged 45-74 years, with a follow-up interview conducted roughly 5 years later. 

The increased risk was more prominent in those who had a BMI of 20kg/m2 or above to begin with. The risk was lesser in those who were already very lean at the beginning of the study.

Subjects who were overweight at the beginning of the study, and who lost 10% of their body weight, had the highest increased risk of hip fracture. 

"The results of this study suggest that doctors should be alert to the need to identify and manage the risk in patients who have experienced substantial weight loss. Hip fractures are a major cause of disability and premature death in seniors, and it is therefore important that preventive action be taken in patients who are at high risk” said Lead Author, Dr. Zhaoli Dai.

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