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Evaluation of clinical risk factors for low bone mineral density in postmenopausal women

Grant number: 08/10881-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2009
Effective date (End): January 31, 2010
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Maternal and Child Health
Principal researcher:Eliana Aguiar Petri Nahás
Grantee:Márcia Suemy Kawakami
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FMB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Botucatu. Botucatu , SP, Brazil


The evaluation of the factors associated with low bone mineral density (BMD) is of paramount importance in management postmenopausal women. The decline in bone mass and structural integrity results in increased risk for osteoporosis in women after the menopause. The major clinical consequence of osteoporosis is fracture. It is estimated that osteoporosis causes nine million fractures per year in women around the world. In the assessment of risk factors of morbidity, BMD is only one determinant. Other components should be considered as age, low weight, family history of fracture, prior fracture, smoking and risk of falling. The identification of risk for low bone mass and consequently of fracture is important in directing therapy in postmenopausal women Thus, this study aims to evaluated the risk factors for low BMD and osteoporosis. It is hoped with this study to identify women at high risk for falls and osteoporotic fracture, thus introducing therapeutic measures that improvement of quality of life during menopause. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
PETRI NAHAS, E. A.; KAWAKAMI, M. S.; NAHAS-NETO, J.; DE ARAUJO BUTTROS, D.; CANGUSSU, L.; RODRIGUES, A. B. Assessment of risk factors for low bone mineral density in Brazilian postmenopausal women. CLIMACTERIC, v. 14, n. 2, p. 220-227, APR 2011. Web of Science Citations: 11.

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