BACKGROUND: In the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, we examined whether fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF-23), a bone-derived phosphaturic hormone involved in bone metabolism, is associated with incident frailty. Furthermore, we examined whether this association differs by HIV serostatus and race. METHODS: Of 715 men assessed for frailty and selected for FGF-23 measurements using stored blood samples (2007-2011), 512 men were nonfrail at/before the baseline visit. Frailty was defined by the presence of ≥3 of the following on 2 consecutive 6-month visits within 1 year: unintentional weight loss ≥10 pounds, weakness, slowness, low energy, and low physical activity. We determined the association of FGF-23 levels with incident frailty using proportional hazards models adjusting for sociodemographics, comorbidities, and kidney function. RESULTS: Sixty-five percent were HIV-infected; 29% were black. Median baseline FGF-23 levels were lower in HIV-infected vs. HIV-uninfected men (33.7 vs. 39.9 rU/mL, P = 0.006) but similar by race. During a median follow-up of 6.6 years, 32 men developed frailty; they had higher baseline FGF-23 levels vs. men who remained nonfrail (45 vs. 36 rU/mL, P = 0.02). FGF-23 (per doubling) was associated with a 1.63-fold risk of frailty [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.19 to 2.23]; results did not differ by HIV serostatus. Conversely, FGF-23 was associated with a 2.72-fold risk of frailty among blacks (95% CI: 1.51 to 4.91) but had minimal association among nonblacks (hazard ratio = 1.26, 95% CI: 0.77 to 2.05; p-interaction = 0.024). CONCLUSIONS: Among men with or at-risk of HIV infection, higher FGF-23 was associated with greater risk of frailty, particularly in blacks. The mechanisms by which FGF-23 may contribute to frailty warrant further study.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases
- Pharmacology (medical)