Why a fracture can be more deadly than cancer

It’s no secret that our balance changes as we age, which increases the risk of a fall.

According to the National Council on Aging, one in four adults over age 65 will suffer a fall this year alone. And it’s why more than three million emergency room visits will occur.

Yet, despite those numbers, most of us don’t worry too much about falling or give a second thought to the damage that can result — like a fracture.

Unfortunately, it seems that those are dangers we can no longer afford to overlook.

That’s because according to researchers at Québec Research Centre and Laval University, a fracture from a fall could be even more deadly than certain cancers.

Here are the details…

Peak Longevity Platinum

Every cell in the body depends on mitochondria for energy. Together, cells and mitochondria are building blocks for life and health. But mitochondria wear out with age, which leaves cells unable to create the energy they need to function properly… MORE⟩⟩


The dangers of hip and spine fractures

The CDC reports that in 2021 almost 40,000 older adults died as a result of an unintentional fall.

So it’s not surprising that researchers set out to determine whether certain types of fractures and a higher risk of death go hand-in-hand for seniors.

To accomplish this goal, the team combed through the health data of over 100,000 subjects, examining overall survival by gender, age groups and types of fractures.

And they discovered that two types of fractures that are common to falls — hip and spine fractures — present a clear and present danger.

The results showed that for people over the age of 65, less than a third of men and only half of women survived five years after a hip fracture. The survival rates were only slightly better for a fracture involving the spine.

And with increasing age came an increasing risk of death post-fracture, with those over 85 suffering from the worst prognosis.

Shockingly, the researchers pointed out that these survival rates are much worse than for those living with cancer. For example, the five-year survival rate for older adults with any type of cancer is 64% and doesn’t drop to 43% until the age of 80.

Additionally, the survival rate for men with prostate cancer is 94% and women have an 89% chance of surviving breast cancer at any age.

This makes it far more likely a person over 65 could die from a hip or spine fracture than cancer!

Even worse, the research showed that the greatest reduction in survival for both men and women was in the first month following a fracture.

Peak Cardio Platinum

Clinically-Tested Nutrients Help Arteries and Cardiovascular Health!


Prevent falls to prevent fractures

So what can you do to protect yourself? First, guard against the risk of falling.

I would suggest taking this fall risk test to identify where you are on the balance spectrum. Then look around your home and assess any risky areas, especially your tub and shower.

Next, consider how your weight may play into your fall risk. A combination of obesity and low bone density make falls more likely — especially for women.

It’s also important to check your medications since certain drugs (and certain dosages) can not only increase your risk of a fall, but also fracture risk.

And to reduce fall risk, focus on exercises that strengthen your postural muscles to bring your balance back.

Consider switching to the anti-osteoporosis diet in order to eat your way to stronger bones. And if drinking coffee is a regular part of your diet, consider switching to light roast to get more of a bone-protective polyphenol called chlorogenic acid.

Finally, if you have suffered a fracture, you can’t beat the sunshine vitamin for getting you back on your feet following surgery, which is of utmost importance.

A hip or spine fracture can result in loss of physical function, leading to decreased social engagement, increased dependence and worse quality of life. But the sooner mobility is regained so a patient can undergo physical therapy, rehabilitation and functional training, the better the outcome.

Editor’s note: Did you know that when you take your body from acid to alkaline you can boost your energy, lose weight, soothe digestion, avoid illness and achieve wellness? Click here to discover The Alkaline Secret to Ultimate Vitality and revive your life today!


Survival rates after hip or spine fracture worse than for many cancers — EurekAlert!

Get the Facts on Falls Prevention — National Council on Aging

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.