Older Adults with Fracture Risk and Chronic Medical Conditions Do Not Receive Osteoporosis Treatment

Hands of old man on crutches. Close-up a elderly man with crutches.Older adults with a higher fracture risk and chronic medical conditions often don’t get the treatment for osteoporosis they require to treat the underlying condition. Due to this oversight, patients can often have poorer health outcomes. We’ll dive into this today and discuss why it’s important for everyone, especially those living in at-risk situations, to access quality care as quickly as possible.

Patients with numerous complex diseases and who have had a fracture will most likely not receive any osteoporosis treatment, putting them at an increased risk for further fractures. This is because they are less likely to have the underlying cause of the fracture investigated compared to those at high risk but with no additional chronic medical conditions.


The new study was published in PLOS Medicine and focused on investigating the outcomes and the kind of medical treatment people with fractures received, prescriptions, Medicare claims, and hospital admission data. All 10,500 Australian participants in the study were over the age of 45 and were identified as being at high risk for a future fracture.

It was found that 80% of people in the high-risk group were not treated for osteoporosis to help prevent future fractures, and this number dropped even further for patients with complex medical conditions.
“We need to start changing our paradigm of how we think about disease and treatment to be less about a “single disease-single treatment one, to treating the person as a whole,” said Professor Jacqueline Center, Head of the Clinical Studies and Epidemiology Lab at Garvan.

“Our aim is to improve health in older people so that people are living well, rather than just living.”

Previous research has shown that fractures from falls and mishaps occur in about one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50. Fractures can affect the quality of life and contribute to mortality, so patients with multiple chronic conditions must get osteoporosis treatment to help prevent further fractures.

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Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.



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