Sumary of Cognitive decline increases future fracture risk in women:
- Researchers led by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have discovered a link between cognitive decline and a faster rate of bone loss, and found that cognitive decline over five years increased future fracture risk in women.
- The study of individuals aged 65 and older was carried out over 16 years and has revealed a potential new approach to help identify older people who may be at risk of fracture.
- “Our study has revealed a link between the two in women, which suggests that cognition should be monitored together with bone health, as a decline in one could mean a decline in the other.
- These findings may help refine best practice guidelines of how cognition and bone health are monitored in older age, to ensure appropriate treatment can be more effectively administered.
- ” New insights on major public health issues Around the world, 200 million people are affected by osteoporosis and more than 35 million by dementia – numbers which are expected to double over the next two decades due to a global increase in life expectancy.
- “Cognitive decline and bone loss both result in increased disability, loss of independence and an increased risk of mortality.
- There is some evidence that older individuals with dementia have a higher risk of hip fractures, but whether the decline of both bone and cognitive health are linked over time has not been studied,” says Dr Dana Bliuc from the Garvan Institute, who is first author of the paper.
- Related Stories”We set out to understand the long-term association, with our study the first to investigate both cognitive and bone health data over more than 15 years.