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The effects of acculturation, diet, and workload on bone density in premenopausal Mexican American women
Rice, Jennifer Lynn Zonker

2004, Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, Anthropology.
There are many factors that predict bone density in humans. This research examines cultural and biological factors that may affect bone density in a population of premenopausal Mexican American women in San Antonio, Texas. Although Mexican Americans are now the largest minority group in the United States, research specific to this population is limited. Also limited is research pertaining to bone density of premenopausal Mexican American women. This study combines data regarding acculturation, diet, and workload to examine their influence, if any, on bone density. Anthropometric measures and bone density scans of the hip and spine determined physiological variability. Acculturation and generation levels, diet, and workload levels were determined by a dietary and lifestyle questionnaire. Results of this study reveal that cultural and biological factors both interact to influence bone density, however specific risk factors are unclear at this time. Longitudinal studies are necessary in order to gain more specific data. Presently, results reveal that low bone density does occur in women prior to menopause, thus warranting earlier bone scans in women. This would allow for risk factors to be identified when intervention may be most crucial.
Paul Sciulli (Advisor)
188 p.

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