A fracture in your younger days could drastically increase the risk of osteoporosis later in the life, a group of British researchers reveal.
Researchers from universities of Southampton and Cambridge interviewed more than 60,000 women over the age of 55 years and found that over 90 percent of women who had suffered from fracture some time in their life experienced other problems such as lack of mobility, depression or pain.
The researchers carried out health surveys among the volunteers and using a standardized index measuring five dimensions of health (mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain or discomfort, and anxiety or depression), they found that the most common areas of fracture in women were spine, hip and upper leg.
"Our study shows that the effects of fractures result in significant reductions in quality of life that are as lasting and as disabling as other chronic conditions. As important, the greater the number of fractures, the greater the disability. More needs to be done to more to identify and treat individuals at the highest risk of fractures", lead researcher Cyrus Cooper said.