Risk of fractures for Britons 'varies depending on geographic location'

7 April 2016

People living in some parts of the UK are at a greater risk of suffering a bone breakage, according to a new study.

The University of Southampton research drew on data from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink database to calculate the risk of an individual experiencing a fracture, as well as looking at how different demographic factors affected this risk.

It was shown that the highest fracture rates were seen in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where the chances of breaking a bone were around 50 per cent greater than those in London.

In men, fracture rates were noticeably greater in areas of socioeconomic deprivation, while it was also revealed that white men and women had substantially greater fracture rates than Asian individuals. Black people, meanwhile, had the lowest fracture rates.

Overall fracture rate was higher for women over the age of 50 years old than in men in the same age range.

Cyrus Cooper, professor of rheumatology and director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton, said: "These findings will be built upon in a wider programme of analyses to document the burden of osteoporotic fracture in the UK, and will have important messages for public health planning in future years."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 


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