Fragility Fractures Are a Life-and-Death Situation

A fractured wrist. A broken hip. Death within a year?

That’s how serious a fracture may be. And for someone with osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to thin and become more porous, a fracture can often mean life or death.

More than 80 percent of fractures in Canada after age 50 are caused by osteoporosis, with the most common osteoporotic fractures occurring at the wrist, spine, shoulder and hip.

According to Osteoporosis Canada, 28 percent of women and 37 percent of men who fracture a hip will die within the following year. Although more women suffer from fragility fractures related to osteoporosis, men are more likely to die from these fractures.

Allow that to sink in.

Of all the people who suffer a hip fracture, more than a third of them will be dead in a year.

And once the fractures start, they may not stop, particularly if no action is taken. In fact, one-in-three patients who fracture a hip will re-fracture within a year, and more than half will suffer another hip fracture within five years.

In addition, more than 80 percent of fractures in Canada after age 50 are caused by osteoporosis.

Avoid the potential deadly complications of fragility fractures and speak to your doctor about having a fracture risk assessment. You can also click here to learn more about whether you may be at risk of osteoporosis/fracture.

After reading this article and watching this video, are you more likely to speak to your physician about osteoporosis?

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