I was wondering lately why so many heavy women of all ages had hip replacement surgery. Was the additional load on their hips causing these fractures, or was there another reason?
Then I came across an Australian study published in Clinical Endocrinology that offered an explanation. It found that women who had a fat and obesity gene had an increased risk of breaking their hips by a stunning 82%. The average risk for hip fractures is just 11%. So it looks like the reason for many women's broken hips is genetic.
If so, does this mean there's nothing you can do to reduce your risk? Not at all. It does mean that it makes sense to take aggressive steps to reduce your risk. Here's what you can do:
Start by taking a supplement such as Ultimate Bone Support
with strontium and vitamin D, and additional calcium, and magnesium. These nutrients strengthen bones and make them less brittle. Make sure you take the strontium away from the calcium and magnesium. If you take them at the same time, they will compete with each other and you won't get the full benefit.
Brittle bones break easily when you fall. To avoid falls, it's important to exercise, especially if some of the exercises improve your balance. The exercise will slightly stress your bones and strengthen them as well.
Even if you have an obesity gene it doesn't mean you can't reduce your risk for a broken hip. Hip fractures are not inevitable. It also doesn't mean you're heading toward a hip replacement. But if you do nothing, you may be. With the New Year well under way, make a resolution to protect your hips for the rest of your life.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
Bich Tran, Nguyen D. Nguyen, Jacqueline R. Center, John A. Eisman, Tuan V. Nguyen. Association between fat mass and obesity-associated (FTO) gene and hip fracture susceptibility. Clinical Endocrinology, September 2013 DOI: 10.1111/cen.12335.
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