Can a Specific Diet Maintain Bone Health And Help Prevent Osteoporosis?

Please note: This trial has finished recruiting and is not accepting new participants.

Research Centre: Massey University
Location: School of Food and Nutrition, Massey University, Palmerston North
Lead Researchers: Professor Marlena Kruger and Lilian B. Ilesanmi-Oyelere
Ethics Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by Massey University Human Ethics Committee

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Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that occurs when bone health deteriorates, often due to menopause or age. In addition, there are many other factors that increase the risk of osteoporosis including diet and lifestyle.

This study is investigating the relationship between a New Zealand-type diet, gut bacteria and bone health in postmenopausal women.  This could give valuable insight into the role of diet in the gut and its effects on bone health.

This study seeks healthy postmenopausal women aged 55 – 70 years old who are able to attend up to 2 study visits at the research site. In the first phase of the study, participants are required to complete a 3-day diet diary, several questionnaires and undergo a bone and heel scan to assess bone health. Some participants will be invited to participate in the second phase of the study, which will the require the collection of urine, blood and faecal samples. Participants will receive voucher(s) for their contribution in each phase of this study (a $20 petrol voucher for phase 1 and a $30 grocery voucher for phase2).

Benefits to Participation

  • You will learn how your diet affects your bone health.
  • You will undergo a bone density scan free of charge.
  • You will receive voucher(s) for your contribution in each phase of this study (a $20 petrol voucher for phase 1 and a $30 grocery voucher for phase 2).
  • You will be helping to advance health research.

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by the law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Healthy postmenopausal women aged 55 – 70 years old
  • 5 years past menopause
  • Stable weight over the last year
  • Non-smoker
  • No food intolerances
  • Do not have diabetes, vasculitis or pheochromocytoma
  • Able to attend 2 study visits at the research site over approximately 6-8 weeks

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Enter Your Contact Details and Be Contacted by Phone About the Trial