Influence of calcium intake and physical activity on proximal femur bone mass and structure among pre- and postmenopausal women. A 10-year prospective study

Kirsti Uusi-Rasi, Harri Sievänen, Matti Pasanen, Thomas J. Beck, Pekka Kannus

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Abstract

This 10-year follow-up evaluated the effect of physical activity and calcium intake on proximal femur bone mass (BMC) and structural indices (CSA and Z) and physical performance. A cohort of 133 premenopausal and 134 postmenopausal women with contrasting levels of physical activity (high [PA +]) and low [PA-]) and calcium intake (high [Ca +] and low [Ca-]) was measured with DXA at baseline and 5 and 10 years thereafter. Among premenopausal women, the mean (95% CI) femoral neck BMC was 3.8% (-0.1 to 7.8%) and the trochanter BMC 6.7% (2.4 to 11.3%) greater in the PA+ group than the PA- group. There was no difference between the Ca-intake groups. Among postmenopausal women, the mean femoral neck BMC was 4.2% (-0.2 to 8.8%) greater in the Ca+ group than in the Ca- group and 6.9% (2.2 to11.8%) greater in the PA + group than in the PA- group. For trochanter BMC, the corresponding differences were 2.7% (-1.6 to 7.2%) and 5.5% (0.9 to 10.3%). The mean differences in CSA and Z were 3.8% (-0.9 to 8.7%) and 4.4% (-2.1 to 11.4%) in favor of the Ca+ group and 6.8% (1.9 to 12.0%) and 9.6% (2.5 to 17.1%) in favor of the PA+ group, respectively. Proximal femur BMC declined generally, but the initial differences between the physical activity and the calcium intake groups were maintained. High calcium intake seemed to slow the decline in trochanter BMC in premenopausal women, while high physical activity was beneficial for proximal femur, particularly among older women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-181
Number of pages11
JournalCalcified Tissue International
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

Keywords

  • Bone mass
  • Bone strength
  • Calcium intake
  • Osteoporosis
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Endocrinology

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