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Taurine reduces morbidity and mortality in hip fracture surgery

  • A growing medical concern is the increase in the number of very old patients; especially the patients undergoing hip fracture surgery are rapidly increasing in numbers. As an antioxidant the amino acid taurine has even greater potential providing benefit in several groups of patients. Elderly hip fracture patients have very low plasma levels of antioxidants which make them highly vulnerable for oxidative stress and related insulin resistance. In elderly patients with a hip fracture, it is hypothesized that taurine lowers oxidative stress and the related harmful insulin resistance thereby reducing morbidity and mortality28.