Cataracts linked to higher risks of osteoporosis and fracture

Share Button

cataracts, osteoporosis, fracture, arthritis magazinePeople with osteoporosis or fracture should have their vision tested in the light of a new study that evaluated the impact of cataracts and cataract surgery on the risks of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

A research group looked at 57,972 people with cataracts who were matched to 57,972 people without cataracts and tracked them for over six years. Within that timeframe, 17,450 people developed osteoporosis or fractures in the cataract group, and 12,627 did so in the non-cataract group. The diagnosis of cataracts was associated with:

  • 29% increased risk of developing osteoporosis or fracture;
  • 43% increased risk of osteoporosis;
  • 16% increased risk of hip fracture;
  • 25% increased risk of vertebral fracture;
  • 24% increased risk of other fractures.

Those who had cataract surgery had a 42% lower risk of developing osteoporosis or fracture.

“Appropriate management of cataracts may decrease osteoporosis and fracture risks,” the authors say. “I strongly recommend all elders with osteoporosis or fractures to check their vision.”

Arthritis Digest Magazine was selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 5 Arthritis Blogs on the internet in 2018.

For more in-depth features, interviews and information, subscribe to Arthritis Digest magazine, a popular title that’s published six times a year. Click here for the digital version or tel 0845 643 8470 to order your had copy. You’ll know what your doctor is talking about, what new drugs are in the pipeline and be up to date on helpful products.

“Amazing magazine and the first I’ve read from beginning to end.” Mrs E Crowther, Dorset

“There’s so much news and information to digest, and it’s all calorie free. Brilliant!” A Alexander, Glasgow
“As we are all living longer, it gives us hope for a future with less pain. Arthritis Digest gives us information on the up to date treatments.”Mrs Healey, Devon
“Full of interesting information and tips.” Mr G Thurlow, East Yorkshire

Google+ | Privacy Policy | FTC Disclaimer

Copyright © 2013. All Rights Reserved.