According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (JAAOS), an overwhelming majority of women who suffer bone fractures do not get tested for or receive information pertaining to osteoporosis.
"Less than 10 percent of patients who sustain a fracture receive information about osteoporosis treatment, yet these are the same group of patients who are at a very high risk for future hip, spine or wrist fractures," said lead author Evan Ekman, president of Southern Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
The researchers also noted that most study participants didn’t realize that hip fractures are associated with a high mortality rate and don’t know how much calcium or vitamin D they should be taking on a daily basis.
Lisa Cannada, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at St. Louis University Hospital, recommends that older women consume a diet rich in calcium, including foods such as yogurt, cheese and leafy vegetables. She also urges women of any age to take a minimum of 2,000 International Units of vitamin D each day to help the body absorb a calcium-rich diet.