Posted by Jasmine on August 20, 2010

The lead study researcher, Cyrus Cooper, professor of rheumatology at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, at the University of Southampton's Faculty of Medicine, explained in a press statement, “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 identify and treat individuals at the highest risk of fractures.”

Osteoporosis is a bone disease, which puts the patient suffering from it, at the increasing risk of fracture. The disease is most common among women, especially after menopause stage.

Research study findings
The international study was carried out by the group of researchers led by the researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Southampton.

As a part of study, the researchers interviewed over 60,000 women over the age of 55; out of them 4079 women were British.

After interviewing these women, researchers reached the conclusion that more than 90 percent of women, who had suffered from fracture in their earlier life, experienced more mobility related problems, anxiety, pain, and depression.

The study also revealed that about 40 percent women over the age of 50 are at the risk of suffering from a fracture thus increasing their chances of suffering from osteoporosis later in life.

Most common areas hit by fracture
The researchers also subjected the volunteers to general health survey to find out about the most common areas in body prone to fracture.

By using the standard index measuring five dimensions of health (self-care, mobility, usual activities, anxiety/depression and pain/discomfort); researchers found out that most commonly women suffer fracture in areas like hip, spine and upper leg.

These fractures usually bring with them chronic pain that limits patients ability to move freely; resulting in the increased risk of death.

Asian women more prone to osteoporosis?
Aforementioned study revealed how the deadly bone disease affects women worldwide, but as per a city-based Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Harinder Batth, Asian women are more at risk due to their unhealthy lifestyle choices.

“Women with a slender build experience more bone loss than other women. A history of eating disorders increases the risk of osteoporosis.

"Women whose family history includes osteoporosis have a higher risk of developing this condition. Some medications such as diuretics, steroids, and anticonvulsants increase the risk,” said Batth.

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