People affected by Parkinson’s stroke, HIV and heart failure at risk of hip fracture, study says

23 Dec 2016

Patients with medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, recent stroke, HIV, and heart failure, have a high risk of hip fracture, a new scientific paper says. The conditions have not, up until now, usually been associated with osteoporosis and fracture risk.

The authors of the paper say that More research is now needed to prove drug treatment can work in those affected so that future fractures can be prevented.

“There is a need to show that drug treatments that strengthen bone also reduce fracture risk in patients whose risk may be owing in greater part to traumatic falls than osteoporosis.

Assuming that treatments are efficacious in these patients, there is a major opportunity to substantially reduce the incidence and consequences of hip fracture by reaching more of them with drug treatments to reduce the risk of hip fracture,” the paper says.

Professor Richard Eastell, Director of the Mellanby Centre for Bone Research at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and one of the paper’s authors said:

“The risk of fractures in people with Parkinson's disease, stroke, type I diabetes and HIV, not to mention chronic kidney disease and heart failure, was astounding, even higher than for well recognised risk factors such as steroid use. Testing osteoporosis drugs on these patients to ensure they reduce fracture risk without causing unacceptable side effects should now be a priority.  There is huge potential here to prevent many fractures.”

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