Big-boned Swedish women surprise researchers

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Big-boned Swedish women surprise researchers

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    Big-boned Swedish women surprise researchers

    Researchers have been surprised to find that Swedish women have more powerful bones than their American counterparts.


    When researchers at Uppsala University Hospital examined the bone mass
    of a random sample of 335 Uppsala women between the ages of 20 and 39,
    they were not expecting the locals to be so big-boned


    "Considering the fact that Swedish women are at the top of world
    rankings for hip fractures later in life, we thought their bone mass
    would be considerably lower," Eva Ribom, physiotherapist and
    researcher, told Upsala Nya Tidning.


    The study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical
    Densitometry, showed that the bone mass of Swedish women's femur necks
    was five percent higher than that of American women.


    "Our new results suggest that there must be other factors behind
    the high rate of fractures in Sweden. We are currently examining the
    hypothesis in an international study that old people in Sweden injure
    themselves more in falls than old people in other countries," said Eva
    Ribom.




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