[The risk factors of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures in Hungarian women: the results of the NOKK study]

MEZŐ Tibor1, TABÁK Ádám1, BHATTOA Harjit Pál2, LAKATOS Péter1

DECEMBER 28, 2009

Ca&Bone - 2009;12(03)

[INTRODUCTION - It is widely accepted from Western European and the US studies that race and geography significantly affect the risk for osteoporosis. Less is known about similar associations in Eastern European subjects. Our aim was to describe the risk factors for osteoporotic fractures and osteoporosis in a selected female population in a cross-sectional, multi-center study performed under the guidance of the Hungarian Society for osteoporosis and Osteoarthrology. MATERIAL AND METHOD - From 10 randomly selected regional osteoporosis centers, altogether 2602 women >18 years of age, referred with any osteoarthrological reason, participated. During their visit data on risk factors, blood pressure, anthropometry, and bone mineral density were collected. RESULTS - Using multiple regression we found that older age, lower diastolic blood pressure, family history of bone fracture, fall in previous year and lower T-score were independently related to fractures. Independent risk factors for femoral osteoporosis included older age, lower weight, family history of fracture, less physical activity, fall in the previous year and glucocorticoid treatment. DISCUSSION - Our study is the first large-scale epidemiological survey describing risk factors of osteoporosis and fractures in a Hungarian female population. Our data may suggest that lower diastolic blood pressure might be related to osteoporotic fractures.]


  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvosi Kar, I. sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest
  2. Debreceni Egyetem, Orvos- és Egészségtudományi Centrum, Szülészeti és Nôgyógyászati Klinika, Regionális Osteoporosis Centrum, Debrecen



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