• Bauer, Richard L (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


Mexican Americans, a large and growing minority population, have
an incidence of hip fracture about 1/2 that of non-Hispanic whites.
The reasons for this lower risk are unclear, but lower fracture
risks in other ethnic groups, e.g., blacks, have been ascribed to
greater bone mass. The bone mass of Mexican Americans and the
relationship of bone mass to risk factors has never been examined. We propose to determine the bone mass of the hip and spine, sites
of the most clinically important osteoporotic fractures, in a
population based sample of 400 Mexican American and non-Hispanic
white women. The study population to be examined has been followed
since 1979 by the San Antonio Heart Study. Several risk factors
for osteoporosis such as obesity, diet, exercise and medication use
have been studied prospectively in this population. Additional
risk factors for osteoporosis will be assessed by questionnaire and
bone mass will be measured by dual photon absorptiometry. These
data will be used to identify any differences in-bone mass between
Mexican Americans and nonHispanic whites and to assess which risk
factors might account for these differences. These data will also be used to develop predictive models relating
risk factors to the bone mass of individuals. This information
may yield useful information for clinicians and health care
planners by indicating if and for whom bone mass measurements add
any substantial information about fracture risk above that provided
by clinical assessment alone.
Effective start/end date4/1/893/31/93


  • National Institutes of Health: $111,931.00
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health: $166,311.00
  • National Institutes of Health


  • Medicine(all)


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