Journal article

Does Combined Osteopenia/Osteoporosis and Sarcopenia Confer Greater Risk of Falls and Fracture Than Either Condition Alone in Older Men? The Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project

David Scott, Markus Seibel, Robert Cumming, Vasi Naganathan, Fiona Blyth, David G Le Couteur, David J Handelsman, Louise M Waite, Vasant Hirani

The Journals of Gerontology: Series A | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether older men with osteopenia/osteoporosis and sarcopenia (so-called osteosarcopenia) are at greater risk of falls and fractures than those with either condition alone. METHODS: One thousand five hundred seventy-five community-dwelling men aged ≥70 years had appendicular lean mass, total hip and lumbar spine bone mineral density determined by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, and completed hand grip strength and gait speed tests. Osteopenia/osteoporosis was defined as a T-score at any site ≤-1.0 SD. Sarcopenia was defined using the European Working Group on Sarcopenia algorithm. Participants were contacted every 4 months for 6 ± 2 years to ascertain incident fra..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHRMC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; project grant number 301916) and the Ageing and Alzheimer's Institute. D.S. is supported by a NHRMC Career Development Fellowship (GNT1123014)