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Smoking and drinking can increase your risk of bone fractures

Published on:20 February 2021, 10:30am IST
Sadly, females are more prone to bone fracture. More their age, the higher their chances of broken bones. And smoking and drinking only take this number higher up.
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A new study has identified various factors that may indicate whether a person faces a higher likelihood of experiencing a bone fracture over the next two decades.

The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, included 30,446 middle-aged women and men who were followed from the early/mid 1990s to 2016. A total of 8,240 participants (27 per cent) had at least one fracture during a median follow-up of 20.7 years.

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Older age, female sex, higher body mass index, a previous fracture, a family history of fracture after the age of 50 years, low leisure-time physical activity, heavy work, living alone, smoking, and no or high alcohol consumption were factors independently associated with a greater likelihood of experiencing a fracture.

“Our results emphasize the importance of these factors in public health initiatives for fracture prevention,” the authors wrote.