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Arizona: Psychosocial Stress and Bone Loss Among Postmenopausal Women

A new study led by researchers from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health finds an association between high social stress and greater bone loss in postmenopausal women.

The study was published July 9 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

The investigators used data from 11,020 postmenopausal women from the Women’s Health Initiative to examine self-reported psychosocial stress in relation to change in bone mineral density (BMD) over six years.

The findings provide evidence for an association between high social stress and greater bone loss over six years of follow-up. In agreement with the prior literature, the findings for social strain and social functioning suggest that poor quality of social relationships may be associated with bone loss in postmenopausal women.

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