Important Facts for People Over 50
Richard S. Buker, Jr. MD – Liberty County Times
Several excellent studies have recently been published in the medical literature the past few months which have documented several important facts that should be of interest to all readers over the age of 50 which at this time seems to represent most of the population of the Hi Line.
Fractures especially hip, and spine fractures are not only painful, disabling, and expensive to treat, but they significantly decrease the life expectancy.
Following a hip fracture a third of the people will be dead in a year, not directly of the fracture but of the various complications that follow the injury. Statisticians have calculated that in the mortality rate following fractures in women over 50 years of age in this country is slightly greater than deaths from breast cancer.
The leading cause of hip and spine fractures is osteoporosis (loss of calcium from the bones). Osteoporosis is always preceded by what is called osteopenia (a technical term meaning less than ideal calcium in the bone) something that is not too bad but is less than ideal.
Rick Kaselj – [email protected]
Registered Kinesiologist Specializing in Injury Rehabilitation
Surrey, BC, Canada
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