Avoid broken bones in winter

WIGAN’S community healthcare trust is warning people with osteoporosis to be particularly careful during the winter months.

Figures from Ashton Leigh and Wigan Community Healthcare NHS Trust reveal that one in two women and one in five men over 50 will have a fracture due to osteoporosis.

With the icy conditions, the Trust is warning people with the bone disease to be extra vigilant, as part of its year-long osteoporosis awareness project.

Local authority and PCT figures indicate that annually in a population of 300,000 there will be 45,000 people over 65 with osteoporosis.

Around 6,700 people with the disease will fall twice or more and 2,200 will need to attend an accident and emergency department.

The risk of fragility fractures increases with age, with other risk factors including smoking and low BMI, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption and immobility.

Sue Doyle, strategic fall prevention co-ordinator at Ashton Leigh and Wigan Community Healthcare NHS Trust, today urged: “Keeping active healthy and independent is important throughout the year.

“During the winter months, cold weather and icy conditions may make everyday life more difficult and slips and trips can lead to fractures in those groups who have fragile bones.”

For more information on the Trust’s falls preventions service, visit www.alwch.nhs.uk