November 30, 2015
Postmenopausal women who are taller have an overall increased risk for fracture, particularly at the femoral neck, according to study findings published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Miranda E. G. Armstrong, PhD, of the cancer epidemiology unit at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, analyzed data from 796,081 postmenopausal women participating in the Million Women Study through the British National Health Service. Researchers analyzed survey responses collected 3 years after recruitment on various health and lifestyle factors, including fracture and fall history and history of osteoporosis. Researchers linked survey information to hospital admission database information for the participants to analyze admissions for incident fracture at nine sites: humerus, radius and ulna, wrist, femoral neck, femur, patella, tibia and fibula, and ankle. Researchers calculated RR per 10-cm increase in height as a trend across six height category means.