A deadly risk where you least expect it

One moment, you're vibrant, independent, and feeling like nothing can slow you down -- not even old age.

The next, you're on the floor in agony... and life will never be the same again.

A broken hip isn't just an injury. It's the kind of thing that can literally change your life forever.

There's surgery. Lingering mobility problems. And some folks never walk right again.

Now, the latest research uncovers a new risk... and it might be the most frightening one of all.

A hip fracture could literally KILL you!

We're not just talking right after you suffer the damage, when you might expect there to be some death risk either from the injury itself or a complication during emergency treatment.

The new study finds that breaking a hip will raise your death risk for YEARS afterward.

In the first year after the injury, your death risk triples.

It drops after that, but it's still far higher than it should be. In fact, a full EIGHT YEARS after breaking your hip, you'll still face DOUBLE the risk of death.

The reason is simple: Many seniors are never the same again. They're less active and less mobile, which leads into a cycle of disability, functional decline and... sadly... death.

Obviously, the best way to cut that risk is to make sure you don't suffer a hip injury in the fist place, and you can do that with my two-step plan.

Step One is to limit or eliminate anything that can lead to a fall.

If you've got a drug that makes you dizzy -- especially blood pressure meds, allergy meds, antidepressants, and antianxiety drugs -- speak to your doctor about alternatives.

But meds aren't the only reason for a fall.

Take a look around your home and make some adjustments. Loose carpet may need to be fixed, handrails installed, and furniture moved around to better accommodate your lifestyle. (Ask for help with the heavy lifting; the last thing you want to do is injure yourself while trying to prevent an injury).

Step Two is to make sure your body can bounce back after a fall.

That means regular activity -- even a daily brisk walk -- to help maintain balance and strength so you're steadier on your feet, as well as a diet and/or supplements that will give your bones what they need to stay strong.

Look for a formula that contains essential bone-building nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamins D and K. All four work together, so don't settle for anything less.

As well, oleuropein -- a compound found in olives -- can help increase the activity of bone-building stem cells.