Broken Bones And Life Expectancy

Elderly adults who break a bone face an increased risk of death over the next five years, according to a new study.

Researchers in Australia followed nearly 3,900 men and women over the age of 60. They found an increased risk of death among the patients who suffered a hip, back, or other major fracture, compared to the general population. That increased risk lasted five years, except for patients who broke their hip... They had an elevated risk for ten years.

Researchers say a bone break could be considered a "signal event" for an increased risk of death. The study also found if an elderly patient suffered a second fracture their mortality risk went up three to four-fold.

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