Diabetes Mellitus and Risk of Skeletal Fracture

David C. Klonoff, John H. Karam, Richard B. Mazess, Hunter Heath, L. Joseph Melton

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To the Editor: Heath et al. report in the September 4 issue that medial malleolar fractures occur with increased frequency in diabetic patients. The authors could find no other bones susceptible to increased risk of fracture (and, in fact, a significantly lower overall incidence of fractures was reported in their diabetic group [P<0.05]). We propose that obesity, which has been described as a risk factor for ankle fractures,1 accounts for this susceptibility among the diabetic and pre-diabetic populations studied. The prevalence of obesity among patients with adult-onset diabetes is as high as 30 to 50 per cent2; in the.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-116
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume304
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 8 1981

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Diabetes Mellitus
Obesity
Ankle Fractures
Bone and Bones
Incidence
Population

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Klonoff, D. C., Karam, J. H., Mazess, R. B., Heath, H., & Melton, L. J. (1981). Diabetes Mellitus and Risk of Skeletal Fracture. New England Journal of Medicine, 304(2), 115-116. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJM198101083040212

Diabetes Mellitus and Risk of Skeletal Fracture. / Klonoff, David C.; Karam, John H.; Mazess, Richard B.; Heath, Hunter; Melton, L. Joseph.

In: New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 304, No. 2, 08.01.1981, p. 115-116.

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Klonoff, DC, Karam, JH, Mazess, RB, Heath, H & Melton, LJ 1981, 'Diabetes Mellitus and Risk of Skeletal Fracture', New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 304, no. 2, pp. 115-116. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJM198101083040212
Klonoff DC, Karam JH, Mazess RB, Heath H, Melton LJ. Diabetes Mellitus and Risk of Skeletal Fracture. New England Journal of Medicine. 1981 Jan 8;304(2):115-116. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJM198101083040212
Klonoff, David C. ; Karam, John H. ; Mazess, Richard B. ; Heath, Hunter ; Melton, L. Joseph. / Diabetes Mellitus and Risk of Skeletal Fracture. In: New England Journal of Medicine. 1981 ; Vol. 304, No. 2. pp. 115-116.
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