Associations of serum sex hormone-binding globulin and sex hormone concentrations with hip fracture risk in postmenopausal women

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  • Context: Endogenous estradiol, testosterone, and SHBG may influence the risk of hip fracture. Design and Methods: From the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study, 39,793 eligible postmenopausal women did not have a previous hip fracture and were not using estrogen or other bone-active therapies. Of these, 400 who had a first-time nonpathological hip fracture (median follow-up, 7 yr) were matched to 400 controls by age, ethnicity, and baseline blood draw date. Estradiol, testosterone, and SHBG were measured in banked baseline serum. Results: Compared with women in the lowest tertiles, those with bioavailable testosterone in the highest tertile had a lower risk [odds ratio (OR) = 0.62; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.44-0.88]; those with bioavailable estradiol in the highest tertile had a lower risk (OR = 0.44; 95% CI = 0.29-0.66), and those with SHBG in the highest tertile had a higher risk (OR = 1.90; 95% CI = 1.31-2.74) of hip fracture. In models with all three hormones and potential confounders, high SHBG remained a strong independent risk factor (OR = 1.76; 95% CI = 1.12-2.78), high bioavailable testosterone remained protective (OR = 0.64; 95% CI = 0.40-1.00), but estradiol no longer was associated (OR = 0.72; 95% CI = 0.42-1.23). Conclusions: High serum SHBG is associated with an increased risk of subsequent hip fracture and high endogenous testosterone with a decreased risk, independent of each other, serum estradiol concentration, and other putative risk factors. But endogenous estradiol has no independent association with hip fracture. Copyright © 2008 by The Endocrine Society.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 19707400
  • Author List

  • Lee JS; Lacroix AZ; Wu L; Cauley JA; Jackson RD; Kooperberg C; Leboff MS; Robbins J; Lewis CE; Bauer DC
  • Start Page

  • 1796
  • End Page

  • 1803
  • Volume

  • 93
  • Issue

  • 5