Background: This study was aimed at evaluating the associations between frequency of meat food intake and osteoporosis (OP) in general Chinese postmenopausal women.
Methods: We conducted a large-scale, community-based, cross-sectional study to investigate the associations by using self-report questionnaire to access frequency of meat food intake. The total of 1905 participants was available to data analysis in this study. Multiple regression models controlling for confounding factors to include frequency of meat food intake variable were performed to investigate the relationships for OP.
Results: Positive correlations between frequency of meat food intake and T-score were reported (β = 0.12, P value < 0.001). Multiple regression analysis indicated that the frequency of meat food intake was significantly associated with OP (P < 0.1 for model 1 and model 2). The postmenopausal women with high frequency of meat food intake had a lower prevalence of OP.
Conclusion: The findings indicated that frequency of meat food intake was independently and significantly associated with OP. The prevalence of OP was less frequent in Chinese postmenopausal women preferring meat food habits.
Keywords: Chinese postmenopausal women; Frequency; association; meat food intake; osteoporosis.