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Men Twice as Likely as Women to Die After Hip Fracture

By    |   Thursday, 09 October 2014 03:56 PM

Osteoporosis is typically viewed as primarily a women’s health issue, since more women than men suffer from the bone-thinning disorder. But an alarming new study by the International Osteoporosis Foundation has found that men are far more likely to die from a hip fracture — often tied to osteoporosis — than women.
 
In fact, the study found that one-third of all hip fractures worldwide occur in men, with mortality rates as high as 37 percent in the first year following fracture. This makes men twice as likely as women to die after a hip fracture.
 
The researchers noted men often remain undiagnosed and untreated for osteoporosis, leaving millions vulnerable to early death and disability.
 
"It is estimated that the lifetime risk of experiencing an osteoporotic fracture in men over the age of 50 years is up to 27 percent, higher than that of developing prostate cancer,” said John A. Kanis, IOF president. “Yet, an inadequate amount of healthcare resources are being invested in bone, muscle, and joint diseases … People should not have to live with the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis as we can help prevent and control the disease."
 
Fractures affect one in five men aged over 50 years, studies show. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and fragile and more likely to break or fracture. All types of fractures lead to higher death rates in men when compared to women.

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