Uric acid levels tied to hip fracture risk: study

Researchers think serum levels might be a useful biomarker in older patients

Increased levels of uric acid may signal a higher risk of hip fracture, particularly in men, according to a large population-based cohort study.

X-ray of hip fracture

The findings could mean that serum uric acid might have potential role as a biomarker for predicting those at risk of hip fracture, the Austrian researchers say.

They examined data obtained during a free voluntary health monitoring and promotion program conducted in the Austrian province of Vorarlberg between 1985 and 2005 — a program