Research Reveals Way For Men To Reduce Hip Fracture
Hip fracture injuries can lead to significant medical expenses and a sharp decline in quality of life. New research reveals a powerful step men can take now to reduce fracture risk later.
As we age, many of us suffer from osteoporosis, or low bone mass. Our bone health becomes more fragile, and we are at greater risk of hip fractures.
Hip fractures may be caused by a “minimal trauma” such as falling from a standing height, but the consequences of these injuries are far from minimal. Once we are over the age of 50, one of every two women and one of every four men will suffer a fracture related to osteoporosis. These fractures are a serious and costly public health problem and can have a devastating effect on quality of life. Fragility fractures are the primary cause of hospitalization and death among adults 65 years of age and older.
In April 2014, the American Journal of Public Health published a study of hip fracture risks in men related to their physical activity. Study results offer promising news for men interested in proactively decreasing their risk of hip fracture later in life.
The study followed nearly 36,000 men over a 24-year period, and found that brisk walking substantially reduced hip fracture risks. Men who walked four or more hours every week at a brisk pace had a 62 percent lower risk of hip fracture than men who did not get in at least four hours a week. The amount of time spent walking matters. Even when men walked for at least four hours at a slower pace, they lowered their fracture risk by 43 percent.
It’s never too late to begin a preventative investment in your health. Today is a great day to block out four hours in your week, lace up your walking shoes, and start walking your way to a healthier future.
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“An active lifestyle requires superior physical function, and I understand that my patients have exceptionally high standards for their performance and joint health. My goal is to return patients to optimal function so that they can continue to perform and master their personal athletic goals.”
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