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Rehfeld, Betty Mae

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Home Economics


Osteoporosis; Alcoholics


A questionnaire was developed to collect data on diet, activity, and social relationships. Seven osteoporotic-alcoholic subjects and four alcoholic-only control subjects were interviewed using the questionnaire as a guide for collecting data. All the subjects were from Hines VA Hospital. Average daily intakes derived from the dietary histories were calculated to determine adequacy, based on RDA figures, of each subject's diet. Particular emphasis was given to protein, calcium, phosphorus, and calories. The responses to health and activity questions were compared and any differences between the osteoporotic-alcoholic group and the alcoholic-only group were noted. This same procedure was used in analyzing and summarizing responses given to questions on social and family relationships. Results showed that the osteoporotic-alcoholic subjects tended to take-in more calories, fat, and carbohydrate and less protein and phosphorus than the alcoholic-only subjects. The amount of calcium for both groups differed by only 0.02 grams and was very low (49 per cent). No relationship was found between the presence of osteoporosis and the activity of alcoholic males. The following trends were observed concerning social and family relations of subjects in the study. The alcoholics with osteoporosis were more likely than the non-osteoporotic alcoholics to remain bachelors, have closer relationships with one or both parents, spend more time living with their mother, and change jobs more frequently.


Includes bibliographical references.


vi, 60 pages




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