"Breaking a bone in childhood is not just a rite of passage. It could be a
warning sign of future fracture risk and osteoporosis.
A history of prior fracture is one of the strongest predictors of future
fractures, yet current guidelines used to determine osteoporosis risk ignore
We investigated the history of fractures in a group of middle-aged people who
are part of the Dunedin Study, a comprehensive longitudinal project that has
continued for five decades.
We found people who broke a bone more than once in their childhood had more
than double the odds of breaking a bone as an adult. In women, this also
resulted in lower bone density at the hip at age 45.
The people in our study are young for investigating fracture risk and
osteoporosis, but if lifestyle changes to improve bone density can be
implemented earlier in life, it may have the greatest impact on lifelong bone
health and the reduction of osteoporosis risk."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics