Postmenopausal Women With Hip Fractures

1035 Words Jun 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Osteoporosis, or thinning bones, can result in painful fractures. Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, being female, low body weight, low sex hormones or menopause, smoking, and some medications. Prevention and treatment include calcium and vitamin D, exercise, and osteoporosis medications.
It is believed that low Vitamin D levels cause hip fractures, but there is limited information available on vitamin D levels in US women admitted with acute hip fractures. Research was done to determine whether postmenopausal women with hip fractures have low Vitamin D and high parathyroid levels compared with non-osteoporotic and osteoporotic women admitted for elective joint replacement. “805 postmenopausal women, scheduled for joint replacement were identified by daily monitoring of orthopedic admissions between January 1995 and June 1998, including 262 women admitted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with acute hip fracture and 543 women scheduled for elective joint replacement either at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital or the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Mass. Postmenopausal women who experienced either natural or surgical menopause with amenorrhea for 12 months were recruited for this study. Women receiving estrogen replacement therapy were included (46% of patients).Women were excluded if they were taking any other medications or had any disorders or abnormal admission test results that might affect bone, or had any underlying hip disease other than…
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