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Increased Risk of Hip Fracture in Type 1 Diabetic Patients

Tighter metabolic control may reduce risk

FRIDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Both men and women with type 1 diabetes have a substantially increased risk of hip fracture, Swedish researchers report in the December issue of Diabetes Care.

Weimin Ye, M.D. Ph.D., of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues analyzed data on hip fractures from a total of 24,605 men and women who had been hospitalized for diabetes before the age of 31.

The researchers found 70 first hip fractures in men and 51 in women, with a cumulative probability of 65.8 per 1,000 until age 65 years. Using the age-, sex- and calendar-matched Swedish general population as a reference, the risk of hip fracture was markedly elevated in the diabetic patients, with standardized hospitalization ratios of 7.6 and 9.8 for men and women, respectively.

"Both male and female type 1 diabetic patients are at increased risk for hip fracture," Ye and colleagues conclude. "Although optimal preventive measures still need to be defined, the co-occurrence with other diabetes complications suggests that tighter metabolic control might reduce the risk."

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