Relationships between longitudinal changes in body composition and bone mineral density in middle-to-older aged Australians

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Summary: There are limited longitudinal data regarding relationships between changes in body composition and bone mineral density (BMD). In 3671 participants aged 46-70 years at baseline, ∆lean mass was a stronger determinant than ∆fat mass of ∆BMD over 6 years. Maintained or increased lean mass may slow down age-related bone loss. Purpose: There are limited longitudinal data regarding relationships between changes in body composition and bone mineral density (BMD) with ageing. We examined these in the Busselton Healthy Ageing Study. Methods: We studied 3671 participants (2019 females) aged 46-70 years at baseline with body composition and BMD assessments by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry at baseline and after ~6 years. Relationships between changes in total body mass (∆TM), lean mass (∆LM) and fat mass (∆FM) with ∆BMD at total hip, femoral neck and lumbar spine were evaluated using restricted cubic spline modelling (accounting for baseline covariates) and mid-quartile least square means were compared. Results: ∆TM was positively associated with ∆BMD of total hip and femoral neck in both sexes, and spine in females; in females but not males, associations plateaued at ∆TM above ~5kg for all sites. In females, ∆LM was positively associated with ∆BMD of all three sites with plateauing of the relationship at ∆LM above ~1kg. Women in the highest quartile of ∆LM (Q4, mid-quartile value +1.6 kg) had 0.019-0.028 g/cm2 less reduction in BMD than those in the lowest quartile (Q1, -2.1 kg). In males, ∆LM was positively associated with ∆BMD of total hip and femoral neck; men in Q4 (+1.6 kg) had 0.015 and 0.011 g/cm2 less bone loss, respectively, compared with Q1 (-2.7 kg). ∆FM was positively associated with ∆BMD of total hip only in both sexes. Conclusion: ∆LM is a stronger determinant than ∆FM of ∆BMD. Maintained or increased LM is associated with less age-related bone loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1601-1611
Number of pages11
JournalOsteoporosis International
Volume34
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

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