Sumary of Women with cognitive decline more likely to experience bone loss and fractures:
- The results of the study were published in the ‘Journal of Bone and Mineral Research’.
- The study was led by researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia.
- According to the findings of the study, the association between cognitive decline and bone loss was weaker in men.
- 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,” added Jacqueline.
- Image courtesy: Shutterstock 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.
- 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,” said Dr Dana Bliuc from the Garvan Institute, who is the first author of the paper.