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
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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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