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Hip Fractures Based on a Plenary Symposium “The Hip Fracture Epidemic” Chairs: Dennis Black, Bess Dawson-Hughes Speakers: Mary Bouxsein, Tamara Harris, Steven Cummings Saturday, October 16, 2010 ASBMR 2010 Toronto, Ontario. Incidence and Cause of Hip Fractures. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Hip Fractures

    Based on a Plenary Symposium The Hip Fracture EpidemicChairs: Dennis Black, Bess Dawson-HughesSpeakers: Mary Bouxsein, Tamara Harris, Steven CummingsSaturday, October 16, 2010ASBMR 2010Toronto, Ontario

  • Incidence and Cause of Hip FracturesDue to the aging population, hip fracture incidence is expected to increase 2- to 3-fold by 2050.

    Facts: 90% of hip fractures are due to a fall 50% of those who sustain a hip fracture do not have osteoporosis (OP) on BMD testing A fall to the side is 6x more likely to produce a hip fracture In a fall, the femur is 3.5x weaker than in a walking or standing configuration Bone loss sustained with age makes people even more vulnerable to a sideway fall 1 in 5 people die within the first year after a hip fracture 50% of people do not return to their independent living situation if they were independent prior to the hip fracture 50% of people will not walk independently if they were walking independently prior to the hip fracture Psychological outcomes following a hip fracture are poor

  • In the Western WorldMany countries in the West have seen a fall in the incidence of aged-standardized hip fracture rates in the last 10 or so years

    Rates in Denmark, Sweden and Norway have fallen by about 20% since about 1997

    In the US, age-standardized hip fracture rates have fallen by about 25% in women and 20% in men since 1995

  • SOF (Study of Osteoporotic Fractures): Data on 80- to 84-year-oldsBetween 1992 and 2002, hip fracture risk decreased by approximately 23%

    Femoral neck BMD increased substantially in the same age group

    Between 1992 and 2002, weight gain, greater estrogen and bisphosphonate use, and significantly greater use of vitamin D and calcium may also explain hip fracture risk declineOP therapies in the US:In women, they account for 9% at most of the ~25% decrease in hip fracture rates

    In men, they account for very little of the 19% decrease in hip fracture rates

    In the SOF, increasing use of OP treatments could account for ~25% of the decline in hip fracture rates

  • Hip Fractures in the EastIn the early 1990s, age-specific hip fractures rates in Beijing, China, were about one-sixth or less than those in US Caucasians.Approximately one decade later, age-specific hip fracture rates in women in Beijing have increased 3- to 4-fold, even though obesity rates are also rising.

    Cultural Changes and Hip Fractures Use of cars over biking and walking has increased >4-fold since the early 1990sCitizens have moved from older residences where there were fewer chairs and no sofas to more Western-style apartmentsSquatting, which improves leg muscles and balance, was universal whereas now it is less common The incidence of hip fractures appears to rise with urbanization

  • SarcopeniaSarcopenia is the age-related loss of skeletal muscle massIn women, prevalence increases with age; in men, the prevalence increases to about the age of 50, after which it remains relatively stableWomen with a history of hip fracture have a high prevalence of sarcopenia A reduction/increase in muscle weight = a corresponding loss/increase of boneOne consequence of muscle loss is the risk of falling and subsequent fracture

    OP and Sarcopenia

    After adjustment for age and interval between fracture and DXA scan, a significant association between sarcopenia and OP was observed (P=0.026).

    Adapted from Di Monaco et al. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2010 Mar 4.Epub ahead of print.

  • Deconditioning and AgingDeconditioning due to inactivity (bed rest) has a powerful effect on function and physical activity

  • Intentional and unintentional weight loss increase bone loss and hip fracture risk in older women

  • Exercise in the ElderlyTen weeks of progressive resistance exercise training and nutritional supplementation in very frail elderly patients (age =87 years) led to:Increased walking speedIncreased stair-climbing abilityIncreased spontaneous activityDecrease in depressive symptoms

    Skeletal muscle mass is the strongest independent factor associated with femoral neck BMD in men and women

  • Future PerspectivesMyostatin and muscle loss:As a negative regulator of muscle growth, increasing levels of myostatin cause muscle lossMyostatin probably affects bone as well Future drugs that neutralize or eliminate myostatin may have appositive effects on muscle and bone


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