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TAKE STEPS NOW TO REDUCE RISK OF HIP FRACTURES

Hip fractures pose a serious health risk, especially for older women, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

To help reduce hip fractures, the foundation recommends these steps:- Walk for exercise (this alone can reduce the risk of fracture by 30 percent).

- Reduce caffeine intake.

- Have your vision checked.

- Maintain a healthy body weight.

- Do not smoke.

The foundation also notes a doctor can assess the overall risk for hip fractures with an interview and a simple physical examination.

More information about arthritis, including a free brochure titled "Arthritis Answers," is available by calling the Arthritis Information Line toll free at (800) 283-7800.