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What are the risk factors for a hip fracture?

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This is when you have a break in the top quarter of your thighbone, aka the femur. Most people who break their hips are 65 or older. It happens more often to women, in part because they’re more likely than men to fall or to have osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones weak.

Other things that increase your chances of a hip fracture include:

  • Being underweight
  • Not getting enough calcium or vitamin D
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Lack of exercise
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Smoking

SOURCES

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “OrthoInfo: Hip Fractures.” “Hip Fracture Prevention.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Types of Hip & Pelvic Fractures.”

Houston Methodist Hospital: “Stress Fracture of the Hip.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

SOURCES

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “OrthoInfo: Hip Fractures.” “Hip Fracture Prevention.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Types of Hip & Pelvic Fractures.”

Houston Methodist Hospital: “Stress Fracture of the Hip.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

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