This common injury could turn deadly
It’s the unluckiest break of your life.
It’s not a big and unexpected bill, like finding out that your “50-year roof” only made it to year 30… or that the sound in your engine calls for an expensive trip to the mechanic.
It’s not even watching the value of your retirement fund plunge thanks to the poor decisions of some Silicon Valley “genius.”
Those are some pretty bad breaks, but there’s one that’s worse.
It’s a break in your body.
Painful? You bet. But new research reveals that as you get older, a bone break means more than just an agonizing recovery with a cast, crutches, and maybe a wheelchair.
It could actually KILL you.
It’s not the injury itself that’ll get you (although it certainly could, especially if there’s head trauma involved).
It’s not even the “care” you’ll get in the days after at the hospital, where you could face an infection.
No, the death risk revealed by the new study sticks around. It’s there when you’re hurt, but it’s also there when you’ve made it through the recovery and THINK you’re in the clear.
You could face a higher risk of death one year… five years… and in some cases even 10 FULL YEARS after a bone break!
The biggest risk goes to folks who suffer from hip fractures.
They’re already some of the worst injuries of all since they can hurt your mobility and leave you dependent on others.
In the year after a broken hip, the risk of death jumps by 33 percent for guys and 20 percent for the ladies.
And that death risk doesn’t vanish after the year is up. It drops, but it’s still high – and it stays high for a decade.
A femur or pelvic fracture will raise your risk of death by up to 25 percent within that first year. Again, it drops… but it stays high for up to five years.
Talk about an unlucky break!
I know it might seem like there’s nothing you can do about this one.
No one INTENDS to break a bone. Accidents happen.
But you can protect yourself and cut the risks, starting with a look in your medicine chest.
Be aware of your drugs and their side effects, as many – especially pain pills and blood pressure meds — can increase the risk of a fall. Work with a doc on minimizing your need for drugs or eliminating them when you can, and you can prevent the falls that lead to the breaks.
Finally, build up your leg strength with weight-bearing exercise so that you have better balance and are less likely to fall.