Hip Fractures And Osteoporosis

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As we age, hip fractures become more and more common. Not only are we more likely to fall, our bones become less dense, making them more likely to fracture. And if you have osteoporosis, it doesn’t necessarily take a traumatic event to cause a fracture. It can occur during simple, everyday activities.

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Loss of bone density

The bone in your hip is living tissue and is continuously being absorbed into your body and then replaced. When bone is no longer replaced as quickly as it is absorbed, the density or mass of the bone is reduced—resulting in porous bone, or osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes the bone to become progressively weaker, increasing the risk that it may break. Bones begin to weaken with age, particularly among women. It's estimated that osteoporosis affects more than 20 million postmenopausal women in America. With osteoporosis, your chances of breaking a bone in a fall increase dramatically.

Antacids increase risk

A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006 found that the use of antacid drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPI) is associated with an increased risk of hip fracture. PPI therapy may decrease calcium absorption or bone density in certain patients. More than one year of PPI therapy was associated with a 44% increased risk of hip fracture.1


  1. JAMA. 2006;296(24):2947-2953. doi: 10.1001/jama.296.24.2947

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