Older adults with epilepsy do not engage in osteoprotective behaviors despite a higher fracture risk

Takeaway

  • Although older adults with epilepsy are at increased risk of fracture, they do not apply osteoprotective behaviors, such as food choices and sun exposure, and are significantly less active than those without epilepsy.

Why this matters

    Older adults with epilepsy are at increased risk of fracture due to age and use of antiepileptic drugs. However, despite the benefits, this population does not engage in osteoprotective behaviors, suggesting that people with epilepsy should be encouraged to increase their physical activity and calcium and vitamin D intake to optimize to bone health.