THE RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS IN MILITARY WOMEN EXPOSED TO CHRONIC OCCUPATIONAL STRESS
Stress fractures have a significant impact on military personnel, limiting the freedom of movement and increasing costs of treatment and recovery. The aim is to determine the risk of osteoporosis in military women exposed to chronic occupational stress. Materials and methods: 31 employees of military female, apparently healthy, without previous osteoporotic therapy were divided into 3 groups according to the body mass index (BMI). Lumbar bone mineral density was evaluated by dual X ray absorptiometry (DXA), while serum leptin was evaluated by ELISA. Results:High chronic stress is associated in literature with high levels of leptin and increased risk of osteoporotic fractures default stress. Conclusions: women in the military subject to significant occupational stress are exposed to a number of factors that may predispose to increased bone fragility.
Keywords: osteoporosis; fracture stress; leptin; military occupational stress.
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