“A woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined”.1

Umbrella
What may the Osteoporosis and Fractures Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Breaking A Hip
  • Osteoporotic Fractures

Osteoporosis

Is there an association between osteoporosis and fractures?

Yes. The International Menopause Society note:

“Osteoporosis is a common disease which increases with age and leads to an increased risk of fractures. Approximately 70% of women have osteoporosis of the hip, lumbar spine or wrist by the age of 80. Other factors, such as low body mass index (BMI), smoking, and alcohol, among others, may reduce bone density and strength and increase the risk of fracture”.2

Fractures

What is the association between osteoporosis and fractures?

In About Osteoporosis the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) explain:

“Around the world, one in three women and one in five men over the age of fifty will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis”.3

About Osteoporosis

Falls

How common are falls?

In Preventing Fractures and Falls: Preventing Falls the (United States) National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) note:

“Each year about one-third of all people over age 65 will fall. Many of these falls result in broken bones. Some common causes of falls include outdoor and indoor hazards. Certain lifestyle behaviors can also increase your chances of falling”.4

Risk of Falls and FracturesWorld Osteoporosis Day October 20

What factors increase the risk of falls and fractures?

On page two in Reduce Your Risk of Falls and Fractures: Factors Which Increase Your Risk of Falls the IOF identify:

  • “Medical Conditions and Symptoms…
  • Medications…
  • Other Factors
    • Age
    • History of Falling
    • Fear of Falling…”.5

Risk Comparison

What is the risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis, compared to the risk of breast or prostate cancer?

In Are You At Risk? [+ Video: Risk Factors] the NOF also note:

“A woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. And a man age 50 or older is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer”.6

Prevention of FallsWorld Osteoporosis Day October 20

What are some steps to prevent falls?

On page three in Reduce Your Risk of Falls and Fractures: 6 Steps To Prevent Falls the IOF elaborate on:

  1. “Talk To Your Doctor About Falls Prevention…
  2. Find A Good Exercise Program…
  3. Maintain Good Vision…
  4. Maintain A Healthy Diet and Don’t Skip Meals…
  5. Stay Steady on Your Feet…
  6. Fall-Proof Your Home…”.7

Hormone Therapy

Can menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) lower the risk of fractures?

One of the points of consensus in the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016 is:

  • “MHT has been shown to significantly lower the risk of hip, vertebral and other osteoporosis-related fractures in postmenopausal women”.8

Health Care Provider

What if I think I am at risk for fractures?

If you think you are at risk for fractures, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

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  1. Are You At Risk? National Osteoporosis Foundation https://www.nof.org/prevention/general-facts/bone-basics/are-you-at-risk/ Accessed: 26 April 2021
  2. Maintaining Health and Preventing Disease After the Menopause: Reducing the Risks of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis Post Menopause. 2014:3. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/wmd-2014-leaflet-english.pdf Accessed: 26 April 2021
  3. About Osteoporotic. International Osteoporosis Foundation https://www.osteoporosis.foundation/patients/about-osteoporosis Accessed: 26 April 2021
  4. Preventing Fractures and Falls: Preventing Falls. National Osteoporosis Foundation https://www.nof.org/patients/fracturesfall-prevention/ Accessed: 26 April 2021
  5. Reduce Your Risk of Falls and Fractures: Factors Which Increase Your Risk of Falls. 2020:2. International Osteoporosis Foundation http://worldosteoporosisday.org/sites/default/WOD-2020/resources/riskcheck/falls-prevention-fact-sheet-WEB-en.pdf Accessed: 26 April 2021
  6. Are You At Risk? National Osteoporosis Foundation https://www.nof.org/prevention/general-facts/bone-basics/are-you-at-risk/ Accessed: 26 April 2021
  7. Reduce Your Risk of Falls and Fractures: 6 Steps To Prevent Falls. 2020:3. International Osteoporosis Foundation http://worldosteoporosisday.org/sites/default/WOD-2020/resources/riskcheck/falls-prevention-fact-sheet-WEB-en.pdf Accessed: 26 April 2021
  8. De Villiers, T. J., Hall, J. E., Pinkerton, J. V., Pérez, S. C., Rees, M., Yang, C. and Pierroz, D. D. Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section A: Benefit/Risk Profile of MHT. Climacteric, 2016;19:4:313 https://www.imsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/global-consensus-hrt-2016-06.pdf Accessed: 26 April 2021

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