Objectives Presuming that osteoporosis begins in middle aged women, the present study had as an objective to identify the prevalence of osteopenia and osteoporosis in women whose ages vary from 45 to 59 and from 60 or more.
Methodology The study analysed data from a gynaecologic outpatient clinic, related to patients files from 2000 to 2006. The following variables were analysed: age, the first and the last appointment's dates, the result of the bones mineral's density (DMO) classified by the categories: normal, osteopenia and osteoporosis. χ2 Test was used to verify associations between variables, considering p<0.05.
Results Osteopororis was more frequent in the older age group (42.5% vs 5.6%, p<0.05), although osteopenia was more frequent in the younger group (55.0% vs 47.1%, p<0.05).
Conclusion These findings suggest that an early screening for lost of bone mass should be done, allowing the beginning of adequate therapy, in order to assure life quality to middle aged and older women.
- women's health
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