Breaking your hip rates up there in the top of things seniors fear the most. And there’s a reason for that.
Well, really a couple of them.
First of all, it’s fairly common. The number crunchers tell us over 300,000 older Americans end up in the hospital with a broken hip every year.
And that means many of us have known someone it’s happened too. Or we’ve at least heard the horror stories.
Which brings us to reason number two.
A lot of folks never seem to really recover after a hip break. Even worse, victims often watch helplessly as their health continues to DECLINE.
And it’s not your imagination either.
Up to a QUARTER of older adults who are hospitalized for a broken hip are dead within a year. So you’re RIGHT to be concerned.
And now Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered a frightening new reason to take a broken hip seriously.
It turns out a hip fracture could be a red flag for an undiagnosed case of Alzheimer’s.
Bizarre link between a broken hip and Alzheimer’s
Late last year a study published in JAMA Surgery first raised a red flag.
Researchers had spotted something strange. An unusually high number of folks who have a broken hip … 34 percent… end up developing delirium while in the hospital.
Which means they battle disturbing symptoms including restlessness, delusions, incoherent thoughts, and jumbled speech.
And since folks with Alzheimer’s are far more likely to experience these SAME symptoms, it prompted researchers to take a closer look.
In the new study, JHU researchers recruited older volunteers who had a broken hip but no diagnosis or clinical signs of dementia.
They took spinal tap samples from all the participants. And they found that MOST of the volunteers had classic markers for Alzheimer’s disease and brain cell damage…
- 86 percent had abnormal amyloid-beta proteins
- 65 percent had abnormal tau proteins
- 35 percent had abnormal p-tau proteins
The researchers then drilled down even further. And they found that 88.6 percent of folks who had scored a zero for any signs of clinical dementia STILL had the Alzheimer’s biomarkers.
In other words, for many older folks taking a tumble and breaking their hip may be one of the first signs they get that they’re in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s. And that means they may have time to do something about it.
Early diagnosis is key with Alzheimer’s
More than 5.5 million American’s over 65 are believed to have Alzheimer’s disease. And early diagnosis is critical for getting the care you need.
When the disease is spotted early enough, it can often be slowed. And many folks live happy, productive lives for DECADES after being diagnosed.
If you or a loved one has experienced a broken hip getting tested for Alzheimer’s biomarkers might be a good idea. Medicare generally doesn’t cover the cost of testing. But some private insurances may.
And in the meantime, you can help build a barrier against Alzheimer’s disease by stocking your diet with more…
- blood-flow-boosting omega-3s (found in fish and nuts)
- dementia-fighting vitamin D (found in dairy and eggs)
- amyloid-beta and tau fighting phenylindanes (found in dark coffee)
- neurotransmitter-supporting B vitamins (found in beans, meats, dairy)
And don’t forget to get plenty of good quality sleep and exercise, too. Both can help reduce your risk of a broken hip AND Alzheimer’s.
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