Fast Five Quiz: Osteoporosis Hip Fracture Risk Factors

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


December 10, 2020

Figure 1. Osteoporosis fracture. Colored radiograph of the hip of an elderly woman with a fracture (center left, orange) caused by osteoporosis. The femur (lower right) articulates with the pelvis at the hip socket (center).

White women have a 1 in 6 lifetime risk of sustaining a hip fracture. In contrast, their risk for a breast cancer diagnosis is 1 in 9.

According to the International Osteoporosis Association, almost 75% of all hip fractures occur in women.

The prevalence of hip fractures is higher in White populations, regardless of geographic location, than in Black populations. One study found the lower fracture risk in Black persons was independent of bone mineral density (BMD) and other risk factors.

Learn more about hip fracture risk factors and osteoporosis.


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