This study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine 2003 Jul 15;139(2):97-104
Study title and authors:
Statin use, clinical fracture, and bone density in postmenopausal women: results from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study.
LaCroix AZ, Cauley JA, Pettinger M, Hsia J, Bauer DC, McGowan J, Chen Z, Lewis CE, McNeeley SG, Passaro MD, Jackson RD.
Women's Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Avenue North, MP-1002, PO Box 19024, Seattle, Washington 98109-1024, USA.
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12859159
The objective of the study was to examine the association of statin use with the incidence of hip, lower arm or wrist, and other fractures. The study included 93,716 postmenopausal women, aged 50 to 79 years who were followed for an average of 3.9 years.
The study found:
(a) Women using statins had a 22% increased risk of hip fracture compared to women not using statins.
(b) Women using statins had a 4% increased risk of lower arm or wrist fracture compared to women not using statins.
(c) Women using statins had an 11% increased risk of other fractures compared to women not using statins.