Broken bones tied to increased risk of death for up to 10 years


(Reuters Health) – The increased risk of dying after older adults break a bone is real, long-lasting and it’s not limited to hip fractures, researchers say.

Past studies have established a heightened risk of death after elderly people break a hip or vertebra, and that it is at least partly driven by the short-term risk of developing pneumonia or other complications while immobilized during recovery.

But a large new analysis of mortality among people aged 50 and older in Denmark finds an increase in mortality risk of up to 25 percent with other types of fractures as well. Even with hip…



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