Some previous studies have suggested that long-term PPI use may increase the risk of hip fracture. According to this new study, however, the risk of hip fracture is not increased even in long-term use. Proton pump inhibitors are effective drugs for dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcer and they are commonly and increasingly used among older population.. Due to their gastro-protective properties, they are also co-prescribed with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids.
The study is based on the register-based MEDALZ-cohort comprising data on all community-dwelling persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in Finland in 2005–2011. The study population included 4,818 persons with Alzheimer’s disease and an incident hip fracture, and 19,235 persons without hip fracture. The mean age of the study population was 84 years. For each person with Alzheimer’s disease who experienced their first hip fracture, up to four controls without hip fracture were matched by age, sex and time since the Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. All proton pump inhibitors available in Finland were investigated.
The analyses were adjusted for other medication increasing the risk of fall, osteoporosis, socioeconomic status, long-term hospital care, history of psychiatric diseases, and chronic diseases increasing the risk of fall or fracture.
Source: University of Eastern Finland (UEF Viestintä)
Full bibliographic information:
Proton pump inhibitor use and risk of hip fractures among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease – A nested case-control study.
Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 2018,