Journal article

Fracture thresholds revisited. Geelong Osteoporosis Study

MJ Henry, JA Pasco, E Seeman, GC Nicholson, KM Sanders, MA Kotowicz

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

Osteoporosis, in the absence of fracture, is defined as a deficit in bone mineral density (BMD) of 2.5 SD or more below the young adult reference mean in postmenopausal Caucasian populations. BMD is a measure of fracture risk but not the sole predictor. We have assessed a combination of easily accessible measures of age, height, weight, and BMD to improve fracture risk assessment. Women with low trauma fractures and a control group were recruited from south-eastern Australia. Discriminant analysis derived multivariate equations that assessed fracture risk. Age was not in the best models at the spine and forearm sites. Weight and height contributed to the relationship for the forearm sites on..

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