Diabetes increases risk of hip fractures

Bones, like all body tissue, are constantly changing. Your body is replacing older tissue with new, strong tissue. But as you age – and for women, especially after menopause – this process slows down. New tissue isn’t formed as quickly, and there just isn’t as much of the stuff that makes it tough.

Research has shown that you’re much more likely to have low bone density if you are suffering with diabetes. And according to a new study out of Canada, that could result in a disabling bone break.

New evidence shows that having type 2 diabetes for any amount of time could increase a woman’s risk to fracture a hip by as much as 70 to 80 per cent!

This should sound the alarm for you because, as I recently shared, two-thirds of hip fracture patients NEVER fully bounce back and regain their independence.

And the longer you’ve had diabetes, the higher your risk is.

Your doctor may have overlooked your risk. The Canadian researchers warned that the risk levels for these women would have been underestimated by a tool doctors commonly use, called FRAX.

FRAX is basically a mathematical formula that allows a doc to plug in some stats – your age, weight, gender, how much you drink, and results of a bone density, etc. – and it spits out a fracture risk.

But if you have diabetes, FRAX may not be very reliable. In fact, the ACTUAL risk of any kind of fracture after having diabetes for 10 years was 24 per cent HIGHER than estimated by FRAX.

And the actual risk of a hip fracture was almost DOUBLE the FRAX estimate!

If you’re a woman with type 2 diabetes, have a talk with your doc about your bone density. If he brushes off the topic, find a one who’ll listen to and address your concerns.

In the meantime, get your diabetes under control. I’ve found that a few simple lifestyle changes can practically reverse type 2 diabetes – and make any trace of it disappear!

Get plenty of exercise, eat a diet rich in essential bone-building nutrients like calcium and magnesium, and keep your alcohol consumption moderate.

Finally, one delicious way to keep your bones strong and healthy is black tea. Drinking three cups of it a day can lower your risk of fractures by 30 per cent.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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Women with T2D Face Higher Fracture Risk, medpagetoday.com/clinicalfocus/osteoporosis/61907

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  1. My mother developed type 2 diabetes in the past four years and she also has brittle bones. I’m now really worried that she will also get a hip fracture. It will complicate taking care of her a lot.

  2. My gran had diabetes all her life (or sugar disease as she called it) but her bones was as strong as an ox’s.

  3. Perhaps it’s just an age-related thing… I know of many elderly people that develop diabetes symptoms and also have loss of bone density.

  4. This makes senese, also because diabetics are not always the most active people. Or am I judging too harshly?

  5. This is an interesting connection… probably also makes sense why so many people with diabetes eventually end up getting hip replacements.

  6. I don’t think it is hip fractures, but the fact that people actually stop moving and start eating more… comfort food probably with loads of sugar.

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