Age, not menopause, to blame for broken bones

ABC News

Australia

Posted Mon Nov 9, 2009 3:16pm AEDT

New research from the Australian National University in Canberra shows women who experience early menopause do not have an increased risk of hip fractures later in life.

Scientists know there is a link between menopause and the loss of bone density, but until now it was not known if early menopause increased the risk of a broken bones.

The ANU study, which used data from 500,000 British women, found age was the largest factor in hip fracture risk.

Associate Professor Emily Banks says the research is good news for women who have early menopause.

“By far the greatest risk related to age, with hip fractures being seven times more common among women in their 70s versus women in their 50s,” she said.

“This means that women and their health professionals need to concentrate on age-related factors linked to fractures and falls such as frailty, underweight, poor eyesight, rather than factors in the more distant past such as when a women had her menopause.”

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Big Pharma lied to us again…profit over health again.

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