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The effect of behavioural risk factors on osteoporosis in Irish women

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Show simple item record Cummins, Niamh M. Jakeman, Philip M. Sestak, I. Murphy, N. Carroll, P. 2013-02-25T16:17:28Z 2013-02-25T16:17:28Z 2013
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background Osteoporosis constitutes a major public health concern and its underlying pathogenesis is complex and multifactorial. Although hereditary factors strongly contribute to bone health, behavioural factors can modulate the genetically determined pattern of skeletal modelling and remodelling. Aims The aim of this study was to investigate the effect(s) of behavioural risk factors on osteoporosis in Irish women. Methods Pre- and post-menopausal adult women (n = 189; 44 ± 15y) participated in this cross-sectional study. Demographic, anthropometric and lifestyle data were collected during a single clinic visit. Dietary calcium intake and lifetime physical activity (PA) was assessed for each subject. Lumbar and femoral bone mineral density (BMD) was measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Multivariate analysis was used to determine the independent predictors of low BMD. Results Low BMD was present in 59% of subjects (42% pre- and 77% postmenopausal). Smoking was the strongest behavioural predictor of lumbar and femoral BMD. Age, height, family history, smoking, metabolic (MET) and mechanical (MECH) PA (lifetime) and weight (body mass) accounted for 39% of the variance in lumbar BMD. Age, height, family history, alcohol consumption, MET and MECH PA (lifetime) and weight accounted for 41% of the variance in femoral BMD. Conclusions Prevalence of osteopenia and osteoporosis is high in Irish women and is associated with modifiable risk factors. A clearer focus should be paid to educating Irish women on preventative health behaviours for osteoporosis in order to curb the prevalence of this disease and the human and fiscal costs associated with it. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer-Verlag en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Journal of Medical Science;182(1), pp. 97-105
dc.rights The original publication is available at en_US
dc.subject behavioral risk factors en_US
dc.subject osteoporosis en_US
dc.subject prevalence en_US
dc.subject prevention en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title The effect of behavioural risk factors on osteoporosis in Irish women en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11845-012-0840-7
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1417255

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