Ethnic differences in hip fracture: A reduced incidence in Mexican Americans

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To confirm a previous report of lower risks of hip fracture in Mexican Americans, we calculated the incidence of hip fractures among Hispanics, blacks, and non-Hispanic whites residing in Bexar County, Texas, during 1980. A total of 576 residents with hip fracture not due to severe trauma were identified. The 1980 census data were used to calculate ethnic-specific incidence rates which were age-adjusted using the entire 1980 US population as the standard. Hip fractures were more common among non-Hispanic white women (139 per 100,000; 95% confidence interval (Cl) = 124-153) than among Mexican-American (67 per 100,000; 95% Cl = 51-82) or black (55 per 100,000; 95% Cl = 27-83) women. Thus, Mexican Americans and blacks are relatively protected from hip fractures, and they may benefit less than whites from prophylactic therapies for osteoporosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1988


  • Blacks
  • Ethnic groups
  • Hip fractures
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Osteoporosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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