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Bone Loss Decreased In Postmenopausal Women With Increased Calcium Intake Following Community-Based Nutrition Education

At the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, researchers from the in Hanoi presented a new research study that showed the benefits of in increasing and retarding bone loss in women.

Researchers carried out a controlled trial in the Red River Delta in Vietnam involving a total of 140 women. The women, aged 55 years, had been postmenopausal for at least 5 years, and had low dietary calcium intake (less than 400 mg/day). An was given counselling over 18 months to improve calcium intake.

After 18 months, the women in the intervention group had increased their calcium intake significantly. Testing showed that the intervention group’s bone mass had remained stable. In comparison, the bone mass of the control group which had not received nutrition education, had decreased by 0.5 % (p<0.01). The PTH (parathyroid hormone) values in the intervention group decreased by 12 % (p<0.01) whereas in the controls, PTH increased by 32 % (p<0.001).

In many Asian countries, levels of dietary calcium and vitamin D in the general population have been shown to be below FAO/WHO recommended levels of calcium intake. For pre-menopausal women and men under age 65 the recommended levels are 1000 mg/day and for postmenopausal women and men over age 65 the recommendations are for 1300 mg/day.

This study suggests that community-based education programmes to improve intake of dietary calcium could make a difference to bone health and fracture prevention in the postmenopausal population. In Asia, with its growing population of seniors, such interventions could translate into significant health-economic benefits.


OC9: Effect of nutrition education on calcium intake and bone mass in Vietnamese women
V.T.T. Hien. Nutrition Biochemistry and Metabolism, National Institute of Nutrition, Hanoi, Vietnam. Osteoporos Int Vol. 23 Suppl 7

The IOF Regionals 3rd Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from December 13-16, 2012. Abstracts have been published in the scientific journal Osteoporosis International.

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