Higher stress levels 'linked to greater risk of osteoporotic fracture'

29 January 2016

People living with chronic stress could be at a greater risk of sustaining an osteoporotic fracture, according to a new study.

The research from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark assessed 7,943 people aged 55 or older to examine the association between perceived stress and risk of subsequent osteoporotic fracture over five years.

It was shown that 1,799 individuals reported high level of perceived stress, with the remainder experiencing low or no stress. The five-year risk of any osteoporotic fracture was 7.4 per cent in people with high stress, but fell to 5.4 per cent in those living low-stress lives.

This trend persisted even after adjusting for differences in lifestyle, comorbidities, osteoporosis presence, medication use and socioeconomic status.

The research concluded: "Persons with high perceived stress have an increased risk of any osteoporotic fracture, in particular risk of hip fracture, within five years of stress assessment … The association attenuated after longer follow-up time."

Osteoporosis affects around three million people in the UK, with more than 300,000 people receiving hospital treatment for fragility fractures every year as a result of the condition.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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