Knowledge and Risk Factors for Osteoporosis among Pre-elderly

Muhammad Ramdhani, Dicky Mulyadi, Nita Arisanti

Abstract


Background: Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by abnormal loss of bone density resulting in bones that are brittle and liable to fracture. Most cases of fracture in the world are due to osteoporosis. In Indonesia, the prevalence of osteopenia (early osteoporosis) and of osteoporosis are relatively high. One of the causes of this situation is the low level of public knowledge about how to prevent osteoporosis. This study was conducted to identify the knowledge and risk of osteoporosis among pre-elderly at Cipacing
Village Jatinangor District in 2014.

Methods: This descriptive study was conducted at Cipacing Village Jatinangor District to 160 respondents who were classified as pre-elderly (aged 45-59 years) and assessed on knowledge and risk factors for
osteoporosis through questionnaire-guided interviews after the informed consent was obtained. The collected data were presented using frequency distribution.

Results: A total of 100 respondents (62.5%) had good knowledge about osteoporosis-related information, including definitions, causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms, impacts, and prevention. Most respondents,
79 respondents (49.4%), are at risk for osteoporosis.

Conclusions: Knowledge of osteoporosis among pre-elderly at Cipacing Village Jatinangor District are largely classified into “good knowledge” category. [AMJ.2015;2(4):608–14]

 

DOI: 10.15850/amj.v2n4.659


Keywords


Knowledge, osteoporosis, pre-elderly, risk

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