Anxiety increases the fracture risk in postmenopausal women
Postmenopausal women with higher levels of anxiety are more likely to develop poor bone health that increases the risk of fractures, a small Italian study finds, Reuters reported.
192 postmenopausal women were examined. Those with the lowest anxiety levels had a 10-year fracture risk of about 20 percent, compared with a 25 percent risk among women with the highest anxiety levels, the study found.
A transitional period for the women
Women in this period are particularly vulnerable because during menopause, the body starts producing less of the hormone estrogen, contributing to osteoporosis.
Questionnaires covered a range of emotions, including tension, fear and restlessness as well as physical symptoms such as insomnia, digestive issues, respiratory problems and tension headaches.