Study reveals link between several factors in postmenopausal women and height loss, according to a study conducted on May 23, 2018.
This study was conducted by the researchers at the University of Buffalo. According to the researchers, height loss in people at this age group is expected to increase the risk of disease and death. It was found that doing strenuous exercise regularly in teenage was protective for later life height loss. Other three factors associated with height loss include old age, heavy weight, and use of corticosteroids.
Researchers say that although the study was conducted on postmenopausal women, strenuous exercise in teenage years will have good effects on the bones later in life. Strenuous workouts will help in increasing peak bone mass in the study participants when they were young women. It also helps in improving strength and balance, which will be beneficial in preventing fracture of spine and other fractures.
1,024 women who enrolled in the Buffalo Osteoporosis and Periodontal Disease Study were examined in the study. OsteoPerio is an ancillary study of the landmark Women’s Health Initiative, a national prospective study investigating major causes of death and disease in postmenopausal women. As a part of the study, participant’s height was measured by the researchers at baseline and after five years. They mainly focused on postmenopausal women who lost 1 inch or more at the five-year follow up based on the findings from two previous studies that connected mortality to height loss.
From the results, it was found that the average height loss among over 1,000 women was fourth-tenths of an inch during the five-year follow up. Professor Jean Wactawski-Wende, senior author of the study said, “The factors identified in this study are easy to obtain and could be used by clinicians to identify women at most risk of height loss. In women who have these risk factors, clinicians might consider other measures known to prevent height loss.”