Journal article

Mid-calf skeletal muscle density and its associations with physical activity, bone health and incident 12-month falls in older adults: The Healthy Ageing Initiative

David Scott, Jonas Johansson, Lachlan B McMillan, Peter R Ebeling, Anna Nordstrom, Peter Nordstrom

BONE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Lower skeletal muscle density, indicating greater infiltration of adipose tissue into muscles, is associated with higher fracture risk in older adults. We aimed to determine whether mid-calf muscle density is associated with falls risk and bone health in community-dwelling older adults. METHODS: 2214 community-dwelling men and women who participated in the Healthy Ageing Initiative (Sweden) study at age 70 were included in this analysis. Mid-calf muscle density (mg/cm3) at the proximal tibia, and volumetric bone mineral density (vBMD) and architecture at the distal and proximal tibia and radius, were assessed by peripheral quantitative computed tomography. Whole-body lean and fat..

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Awarded by Swedish Research Council

Awarded by NHMRC RD Wright Biomedical Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Swedish Research Council (grant number 2011-2976). DS is supported by a NHMRC RD Wright Biomedical Career Development Fellowship (GNT1123014). LBM is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award.