“A new once-a-year intravenous osteoporosis treatment significantly reduced the risk of additional fractures and death in men and women who had broken a hip, researchers reported Monday.”
An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis — 20% of them men — and each year more than 300,000 of them suffer a hip fracture, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. This is actually a matter of life and death because…
“Older adults who break a hip are more likely to die in the following year and 2½ times more likely to suffer another osteoporosis-related fracture than people the same age, the study’s authors write in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.”
“Roughly half the people who can live independently before a hip fracture are not able to live independently after a hip fracture,” says Dr. [Dennis] Black, an epidemiology professor at University of California, San Francisco.
The issue is important and the study seems, to me, to be very well done. I count this as a useful addition to evidence-based medicine. and that means a better use of resources along with better outcomes for patients.
Still, let’s not forget that lifestyle changes can play a role that is as big, or bigger, than medications when it comes to the prevention of osteoporosis.