Bolaji Ilesanmi-Oyelere

Doctor of Philosophy, (Nutritional Science)
Study Completed: 2020
College of Health


Thesis Title
The role of dietary patterns, inflammatory status and gut microbiome in bone health maintenance of postmenopausal women - A cross-sectional study

Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease characterised by low bone mass that most often results in fractures. Postmenopausal women are at more risk due to sudden oestrogen deficiency during menopause. Diet and physical activity are modifiable factors that can be used to ameliorate the effect of lack of oestrogen on bone health. Mrs Ilesanmi-Oyelere investigated the relationship between diet, inflammatory status, gut microbiome, and bone health in 127 New Zealand postmenopausal women. No independent research had been conducted on all these components in New Zealand and overseas prior to her work. She found physical activity, lean body mass, milk intake and intake of B-vitamins were important for bone health status amongst these groups of women, and also confirmed higher inflammation status among the osteoporotic group compared to the healthy group.

Professor Marlena Kruger
Professor Jane Coad
Dr Nicole Roy