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Children, adults with autism spectrum disorder at increased risk for hip fracture

September 15, 2014

Adults and children with autism spectrum disorder have lower bone mineral density, putting them at higher risk for fractures, particularly of the hip, according to research presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2014 Annual Meeting.

“We have previously reported lower bone mineral density (BMD) in peripubertal boys with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than in typically developing controls,” the researchers wrote in the abstract. “However, it is not clear whether low BMD in ASD results in an increased risk for fracture.”

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