Study: Diabetics have higher hip fracture risks

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Men and women with diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, are 70% more likely to fracture a hip than the general population, a new study concludes.

Researchers based at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran believe they found a statistically significant difference in fracture risk in their review of 16 studies. They included 836,941 adult subjects and 139,531 fractures. Previous studies aimed at determining a connection between diabetes and fractures have yielded inconsistent findings, the investigators said.

Impaired bone quality among diabetics, as well as diabetes-related complications that affect vision and balance might increase the risk of falls and fractures, researchers said.

The analysis was reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology.