Hip fracture risk profiles in older Indigenous Australians

Michelle M Y Lai and Nicholas G Waldron
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (3): 159-160.

To the Editor: Although Indigenous males are twice as likely and Indigenous females are half as likely to report being diagnosed with osteoporosis compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts,1 data on the interracial differences in osteoporotic risk factors are limited.

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  • Michelle M Y Lai1
  • Nicholas G Waldron2

  • 1 Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA.
  • 2 Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital, Perth, WA.


Acknowledgement: We thank Associate Professor Christopher Beer, University of Western Australia, for his comments on the study.

  • 1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. A snapshot of osteoporosis in Australia 2011. Canberra: AIHW, 2011. (AIHW Cat. No. PHE 137; Arthritis Series No.15.)
  • 2. National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, 2009.
  • 3. Janghorbani M, Feskanich D, Willett WC, Hu F. Prospective study of diabetes and risk of hip fracture: the Nurses’ Health Study. Diabetes Care 2006; 29: 1573-1578.
  • 4. Ersoy FF. Osteoporosis in the elderly with chronic kidney disease. Int Urol Nephrol 2007; 39: 321-331.
  • 5. Malik P, Gasser RW, Kemmler G, et al. Low bone mineral density and impaired bone metabolism in young alcoholic patients without liver cirrhosis: a cross-sectional study. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2009; 33: 375-381.


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