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  • Chin-Yu Lee1,2
  • Pei-En Chen3
  • Tao-Hsin Tung4

1Hechi Third People’s Hospital, Guangxi, China

2School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei, Taiwan

3Taiwan Association of Health Industry Management and Development, Taipei, Taiwan

4Department of Medical Research and Education, Cheng Hsin General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

DOI: 10.15586/jomh.v16i1.161 Vol.16,Issue 1,January 2020 pp.53-62

Published: 09 January 2020

*Corresponding Author(s): Tao-Hsin Tung E-mail:

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This article is aimed to evaluate through quantification the prevalence and related aspects of osteopo-rosis among the aging people working in the fishing and agricultural areas in Taipei, Taiwan.


The population (n=4360) aged 65 years and above and who were admitted to a teaching hospital for a physical examination in 2010 were involved in this study. Osteoporosis is defined as bone min-eral density (BMD) of 2.5 standard deviation (SD) or more under the young adult mean value (−2.5 SD or inferior).


The population presented an over-occurrence of osteoporosis, scoring 34.4%, and exposed a statisti-cally important rise with cumulative age (P<0.001). Female population displayed a higher incidence than male population (48.1% vs. 26.4%; P<0.001). The age-specific frequency of osteoporosis in 65–74 years, 75–84 years, and ≥85 years was 27.7, 40.0, and 56.7%, respectively. The multinomial logis-tic regression showed that age (odds ratio [OR]=1.07, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.06–1.09), body height (OR=0.98, 95% CI: 0.97–0.99), body weight (OR=0.97, 95% CI: 0.95–099), waist circumference (OR=1.02, 95% CI: 1.00–1.03), total cholesterol (OR=1.01, 95% CI: 1.00–1.02), uric acid (OR=0.90, 95% CI: 0.85–0.95), and regular habits of meat intake (OR=1.47, 95% CI:1.19–1.75) were statistically significantly associated with osteoporosis.


Numerous medical aspects were individualistically specified, relating the occurrence of osteoporosis in the elderly among the population involved in fishing and agriculture.


agricultural and fishing population; elderly; osteoporosis; prevalence

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