The Relationship of Actual Height Loss with Health-Seeking Behaviors and Risk Factors in Perimenopausal and Menopausal Women

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PurposeTo explore whether there is a difference in the perceived height and actual height in the perimenopausal or menopausal woman and discover the difference's effect on osteoporosis health-seeking preventive behaviors and risk factor awareness.Data SourcesSixty-three perimenopausal and menopausal women, aged 45–70 years, who presented three Midwestern clinics for their annual physical exam. Data were collected with The Osteoporosis Questionnaire, which included the Osteoporosis Risk Questionnaire, Health- O-Meter height measuring stick, tape measure with inch-rule for arm span measurements, and balance scale for weight.ConclusionsThere were a significant relationship between actual height loss and osteoporosis risk factors (r= 0.41595, p=0.0007) and a trend for a relationship between adjusted height loss and osteoporosis risk factors (r=0.2407, p=0.0574).Implications For PracticeDue to the great expense of current testing for bone mass density loss, the results of this study may help clinicians more readily identify markers for increased risk of osteoporosis through simple height measurements and osteoporosis risk factor assessments during annual visits.

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