Fractures can increase death risk in people over 60

February 4, 2009 2:18:36 PM PST
Fractures in older adults -- not just hip fractures -- could increase a person's risk of death. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds the risk of dying goes up for at least five years following any low-trauma fracture and for at least 10 years after a hip fracture.

Researchers say any bone fracture that occurs in people over the age of 60 needs to be taken seriously. They add: anti-osteoporosis treatments should be instituted following any low trauma fracture to decrease the risk of another fracture.