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Health Tip: Diabetes and Hip Fractures

How to protect yourself

(HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes have about twice the risk of hip fractures as the general population, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Hip fractures are not to be taken lightly. One year after fracturing a hip, 50 percent of patients can't walk without assistance, the ADA says.

To protect yourself against these fractures, the association suggests:

  • Getting recommended daily amounts of calcium (1,000-1,500 milligrams/day) and vitamin D (400-800 international units). The vitamin D is particularly warranted for those with little sun exposure.
  • Getting regular exercise to help keep bones strong. Exercise that involves standing upright, such as walking, is best for the hips and spine. It also helps maintain muscle coordination and balance, which decreases the risk of falls.
  • Asking your doctor whether a walker would help you, especially if you have neuropathy or poor balance.
  • Using nightlights in your bathroom and in the hallway leading to the bathroom.
  • Eliminating throw rugs that might slip.
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