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Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Hip Fracture

Last Updated: December 06, 2016.

(HealthDay News) -- Hip fractures are serious injuries, especially in seniors. Falls are a prime cause.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice on reducing your risk:

  • Keep your home clear of clutter, making sure it is well lit. Install grab bars in bathrooms.
  • Get regular exercise to strengthen bones and muscles, and improve balance.
  • Each year, get an eye exam and a complete physical.
  • Discuss all medications with your doctor, as some drugs can have side effects.
  • Know your risk factors for bone loss and fractures.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin D and calcium. If needed, talk to your doctor about medication to improve bone health.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.