OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo 775-870-6942
Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease. It usually begins to manifest in later life.
Women tend to have smaller, thinner bones than men. Estrogen, a hormone in women that protects bones, decreases sharply when women reach menopause, which can cause bone loss. This is why the chance of developing osteoporosis increases as women reach menopause. (1)
A new study investigated the health belief model and combined social cognitive theory for osteoporosis preventive nutritional behaviors in women. The results were exceptionally positive.
In this quasi-experimental study, 120 patients who were women were selected.
A questionnaire consisting of health belief constructs and the constructs of self-regulation and social support from social cognitive theory was used to measure nutrition performance.
Bone mineral density was recorded at the lumbar spine and femur.
The intervention for the experimental group included 10 educational sessions of 55-60 min of speech, group discussion, questions and answers, as well as posters and educational pamphlets, film screenings, and PowerPoint displays. Data was analyzed at a significance level of 0.05.
After intervention, the experimental group showed a significant increase in the health belief model constructs, self-regulation, social support, and nutrition performance, compared to the control group.
Importantly, six months after the intervention, the value of lumbar spine bone mineral density (BMD) T-score increased to 0.127 in the experimental group, while it reduced to -0.043 in the control group. The value of the hip BMD T-score increased to 0.125 in the intervention group, but it decreased to -0.028 in the control group.
This study showed the effectiveness of health belief model and constructs of self-regulation and social support on adoption of nutrition behaviors and increase in the bone density to prevent osteoporosis.
Bottom Line: Mental training and meditation should be an integral part of ANY anti aging program.
Yours in Health!
Dr. Ken Romeo
Dr. Ken Romeo is a Principal and Chief Clinical Data Coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research and Genomic Council (HARGC) in Reno, NV.
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(1) Wikipedia, Internet Search