Fragility Factors: Risks and Prevention

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about fragility fractures along with the risks and prevention factors for women as they age.

What are the risk factors for a fragility fracture?

Dr. Jennifer Jerele talks about patients who are at possible risk for fragility fractures. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are the risk factors for a fragility fracture?

Patients most at risk for fragility fractures first of all are actually women. They have a three to four times likelihood of having osteoporosis, osteopenia, and then sustaining a fracture as that puts them at risk. So this includes women who have a low Body Mass Index (BMI) actually because they don't have that weight bearing that causes them to increase your bone mass and also then, a family history is a huge part of that. So if your mom and grandma have had a diagnosis of osteoporosis or have had a hip fracture, or a wrist fracture then you're at a higher likelihood of sustaining that same type of injury, and have that same risk yourself.

   

Women are most at risk for fragility fractures. They have a three to four times greater likelihood of having bone density loss (osteopenia or osteoporosis) and then sustaining a fracture. This includes women who have a low Body Mass Index (BMI) because they don't have that weight bearing that causes your bone mass to increase. Also, family history is very important. So if your mom and grandma have had a diagnosis of osteoporosis or a hip or wrist fracture, then you're at a higher likelihood of sustaining that same type of injury.

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Source: Jennifer Jerele, MD, Premier Orthopedics