J Med Assoc Thai 2000; 83 (2):129

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The Use of Historical and Anthropometric Data as Risk Factors for Screening of Low mBMD & MCI
Trivitayaratana W Mail, Bunyaratavej N , Trivitayaratana P , Kotivongsa K , SuphayaAchin K , Chongcharoenkamol T

To evaluate the risk factors which affect bone loss in screening for osteop9rosis, interview
of anamnestic data (age, marriage status, pregnancies, menopausal age, intake of calcium, vegeta-
bles, protein and coffee, excessive use of alcohol and smoking, sedentary habits, family history),
medical data, surgical data, followed by measurement of anthropometric variables [weight,
height, antero-posterior (AP) thickness at xiphoid level], blood examination (calcium, inorganic
phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase), both postero-anterior (PA) hands and lateral thoraco-lumbar
radiography were done in 1,182 normal volunteers aged 17-83. From PA hands radiographs,
metacarpal bone mineral density (mBMD) and metacarpal index (MCI) were measured by com-
puted X-ray densitometry (CXD) (Bonalyzer, Teijin Ltd., Tokyo). The results showed that the
mean of menopausal age in Thai females was 48.86
3.09 years ranging from 39 to 55 years. The
average number of children in their family was 2.1 0. Correlation among anthropometric
variables, AP thickness was positive linear correlation to weight/height ratio (r=O. 7878, p-value

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