New research has found evidence of an association between cataracts and increased risks of osteoporosis and fractures. The work, “Association Between Cataract and Risks of Osteoporosis and Fracture: A Nationwide Cohort Study,” appears in the October 3, 2018 edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
In a study of 3,956 Caucasian women aged ≥ 65 years researchers found that having one fracture significantly increases a patient’s risk of fractures in other locations.
New research from Canada (unpublished) has found that men had a 3x higher risk of a secondary fracture within one year of a first fracture compared to those who did not, while the risk for women with a prior fracture was only 1.8x higher compared to women without one.
Following surgery, some patients experience a broken bone around the implants of a total hip replacement–called a periprosthetic femoral fracture. In a study of such patients published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research,
Fractures shorten life expectancy.
A study of 30,000 women and men in Denmark, led by Jack Cush, M.D, found that a fracture, any fracture, increased that patient’s 10-year mortality risk—but that the risk of death was highest in the first year after the fracture.