Dog-walking associated with increased risk of bone fractures, study suggests

Dog-walking associated with increased risk of bone fractures, study suggests

The Washington Post (3/6, Brulliard) reports a new study suggests that dog-walking for seniors can be risky and is associated with increased rates of bone fractures. Data show that “nearly 8 in 10 who suffered fractures were women, and the most commonly broken bones were hips, wrists and upper arms.” The piece says the reason for the association and an increase between 2004 and 2017 in dog-walking related accidents remains unclear, but points out that “the senior population has grown as a percentage of the U.S. population.” The findings were published in JAMA Surgery.

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