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Bone Abstracts (2016) 5 P362 | DOI: 10.1530/boneabs.5.P362

ECTS2016 Poster Presentations Osteoporosis: pathophysiology and epidemiology (55 abstracts)

Differential influence of social network upon osteoporosis affected by intimacy in Korean elderly women

Seungwon Lee 1 , Da Hea Seo 2 , Kyoung Min Kim 3 , Hyeon Chang Kim 4 , Chang Oh Kim 2 , Yoosik Youm 1 & Yumie Rhee 2


1Department of Sociology, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 2Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 3Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Kyoungido, Republic of Korea; 4Department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University of College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The present study figured out the relationship between social network and osteoporosis among elderly women. Social network could be beneficial to one’s health since it works as social capital providing several supports. On the other hand, social network can also be a source of social burden aggravating one’s health. To examine the seemingly contradicting associations, Korean Urban Rural Elderly Study (KURE) data was analyzed. There were 1938 older women aged over 65, of whom 882 (45.5%) were diagnosed to have osteoporosis. The results showed that there is a U-shaped relationship between network size, the number of people in one’s social network, and osteoporosis (P=0.03). Specifically, predicted probability of having osteoporosis decreases from 48 to 37% until network size 4. Beyond the ideal threshold, however, the predicted probability increased to 57% when subjects have more than six people in their social networks. Negative part of U-shaped influence was explained by poor intimacy. For those with friendly social network, increasing network size linearly reduced predicted probability of having osteoporosis from 47 to 30% (P=0.048). For those with unfriendly social network, on the other hand, curvilinear relationship was discovered (P=0.004). The probability decreased from 49 to 39% until network size 4, after which it dramatically increased to 74%. The results imply that maintaining favorable social network is beneficial for the elderly women to manage their bone mass, while too large network full of uncomfortable relationships could be even harmful.

Volume 5

43rd Annual European Calcified Tissue Society Congress

Rome, Italy
14 May 2016 - 17 May 2016

European Calcified Tissue Society 

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