Journal article

The longitudinal relationship between body composition and patella cartilage in healthy adults

Andrew J Teichtahl, Yuanyuan Wang, Anita Wluka, Maxine Szramka, Dallas R English, Graham G Giles, Richard O'Sullivan, Flavia M Cicuttini

OBESITY | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although obesity is a risk factor for patellofemoral osteoarthritis (OA), it is unclear whether the components of body composition, such as muscle and fat mass, are major determinants of articular cartilage properties at the patella. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether anthropometric and body composition measures, assessed over 10 years, were related to articular patella cartilage volume and defects in healthy adults with no clinical knee OA. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Two hundred and ninety-seven healthy, community-based adults aged 50-79 years with no clinical history of knee OA were recruited. Anthropometric and body composition (fat-free mass and fat mass) ..

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