TROST - Tromsø Ostoporosis Study

Which factors predict bone loss and which predictions can fall? Is bone loss an unrelated predictor for fractures? And are ultrasound measurements of the heel a good method for predicting fractures?


High rate of suffering

One in every five people suffers from muscle and bone-related problems. Muscle and bone disease is the disease type that most frequently adds to the health problems of adult Norwegians. Norway has the world's highest incidence of fractures to the neck of the femur and forearm, which together with vertebrae compressions and upper arm fractures have a direct connection with brittleness of the bones.

Interdisciplinary study
The Tromsø Osteoporosis Study (TROST) is an interdisciplinary study aimed at finding out why brittleness of the bones occurs, how clinicians can discover this, how this contributes to fracture problems and how this can be prevented. The interest is being fuelled by a desire to discover more about osteoporoses, a disease that affects so many middle aged and elder women and also some men. Project based on prevention were among the research group's top priorities. Collection of bone mineral density data began in autumn 1994, and combining data on fractures with data from the Tromsø Study started around the same time.