Hip Fracture Patient Study

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Nearly three-quarters of patients who suffer a hip fracture are not told they have osteoporosis.
 
Researchers at Northwell Health surveyed 42 patients who had been treated for a hip fracture over a year ago.
 
71-percent said their doctor did not diagnose them with osteoporosis and 57-percent said they were not offered bone strengthening medications.
 
But when asked if they would consider taking osteoporosis drugs  only 25-percent said yes.
 
38-percent of the patients fell again within a year and 44-percent suffered another fracture.
 
The national osteoporosis foundation suggests women at age 65 and older and men at age 70 and older should undergo bone mineral density testing.

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