Study find link between height loss and death among senior women

Alan Wu

January 10, 2012

Study find link between height loss and death among senior womenA recent study brings to light how dangerous falls can be for senior women. Researchers from the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research recently found that women who lose more than two inches in height are 50 percent more likely to suffer broken bones and death.

The basis for the new testing came from the collected data from the Osteoporotic Fractures study that started in the 1980s. The study followed 3,124 women aged 65 and older who had their heights tested over the course of the study, which spanned more than two decades. Participants also filled out questionnaires every four months and were asked to report if they suffered any fractures or broken bones as well.

Using this recorded data, scientists of the new study were able to find that women aged 65 or older who lost more than two inches over 15 years were 50 percent more likely to suffer a fracture and die subsequently within five years time. This is compared to to senior women who lost less than two inches of height.

Women aging in place may want to install a medical alert system into their homes in case a fall occurs down the line. Elderly women may also want to start taking calcium pills and vitamin D to keep their bones strong as a means to ward off falls.

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