Researchers: Certain diabetic residents more liable to break bones
Neurological or movement problems may make elderly diabetics more prone to bone fractures, researchers say. Study findings say that individuals in the 70s with type 2 diabetes have a more than 60% higher chance of suffering fractures than their non-diabetic peers.
Diabetics typically have a higher bone density than non-diabetics yet seem to have a higher risk of fractures, according to a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. This dispels the notion that only older, thin diabetics are at risk, said a lead researcher from the University of Pittsburgh.
Wearing shoes with rubber soles and walking in steady, well-lit areas can help residents with diabetes avoid falls, the researcher said. She also encouraged avoiding medications that could increase the risk of falling.