Features April 2010 Issue

8 Ways to Avoid Hip Fractures

The numbers associated with hip fractures are scary, but you can improve your odds by following a few fall-prevention tips.

Statistics tell the story: 25 percent of people who suffer a hip fracture are forced to live in a nursing home for at least a year after their injury….75 percent of those who sustain a hip fracture are women….The older you get, the more likely you—man or woman—are to fracture a hip….People 85 and older are 10 to 15 times more likely to break a hip than those 60-65….And, the most frightening number of all, 20 percent of people who suffer a hip fracture die within a year. There is one other number—90—that has both good and bad implications. Ninety percent of hip fractures are caused by falls, but falls are preventable and are not an inevitable part of aging.

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