Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Diabetes

And researchers think they know why

(HealthDay News) Seniors with type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk for fractures.

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“Fracture in older adults with type 2 diabetes is a highly important public health problem and will only increase with the aging of the population and growing epidemic of diabetes,” said study author Dr. Elizabeth Samelson.

Researchers used special medical scans to assess more than 1,000 people over a three-year study period. They found that older adults with type 2 diabetes had bone weakness that cannot be measured by standard bone density testing.

“Our findings identify skeletal deficits that may contribute to excess fracture risk in older adults with diabetes and may ultimately lead to new approaches to improve prevention and treatment,” said Samelson. READ THE FULL POST AT SIOUX CITY JOURNAL.