Femoral neck BMD and FRAX scores are useful for assessing fracture risk in diabetes patients

October 11, 2017

Of 770 women with DM, 84 experienced a hip fracture and 262 a nonspine fracture during an average follow-up of 12.6 years. Of 1,199 men with DM, 32 experienced a hip fracture and 133 a nonspine fracture during an average follow-up of 7.5 years. The researchers found that femoral neck (segment of bone connecting the head of the femur and the shaft) BMD T score and FRAX score were associated with hip and nonspine fracture risk in patients with DM. "However, for a given T score and age, those adults with DM had a higher risk of fracture than those without DM, consistent with previous studies. Participants with DM also experienced higher fracture rates at a given FRAX score than participants without DM," the authors write.

"Our results indicate that femoral neck BMD and the FRAX score are as useful for the assessment of fracture risk in older adults with DM as in those without DM. However, interpretation of T score or FRAX score in an older patient with DM must take into account the higher fracture risk associated with DM," the researchers write. "Refinements are needed in current treatment and diagnostic algorithms for use in older patients with type 2 DM."

Source: pubs.ama-assn/