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A Novel Way to Prevent Hip Fractures

By The New York Times

August 1, 2012


The Times reports today on a study finding that cataract surgery greatly reduces the risk of hip fracture in the elderly. The benefits accrued particularly to those who were most ill and those in their early 80s; they experienced almost 30 percent fewer hip fractures in the first year after cataract surgery, compared with similar patients who did not have surgery, the researchers found.

Those who had cataracts removed sustained 16 percent fewer hip fractures in the year after surgery than those who did not, the study found, though the youngest patients — those ages 65 to 69 — did not reap this benefit, and in fact experienced an increase in hip fractures.

Researchers speculated that the youngest patients having cataract surgery may be very active people who had the surgery in only one eye, which could worsen problems with depth perception and balance, or may include people with serious neurological ailments. They said more study of this age group was needed.

But older patients and those who were very ill benefited tremendously. Patients ages 80 to 84 experienced the most significant benefit, with 28 percent fewer hip fractures. Those who had many other illnesses and chronic conditions, like heart disease, were 26 to 28 percent less likely to experience a fracture than equally sick patients who did not have the cataracts removed.

And those who had severe cataracts removed experienced 23 percent fewer hip fractures than those who had severe cataracts but did not have surgery.

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