The effects of weight loss on relative bone mineral density in premenopausal women

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  • Objective: This study compared BMD relative to body weight following a ∼6-month weight loss program and a 1-year weight maintenance phase in premenopausal women and determined whether African American (AA) and European-American (EA) women's BMD respond similarly during weight loss. Design and Methods: Premenopausal women (n = 115, 34 ± 5 years) were evaluated in an overweight state (BMI between 27 and 30 kg/m2), following an 800 kcal/day diet/exercise program designed to reduce BMI<25 kg/m 2, and 1-year following weight loss. Results: BMD relative to body weight (Z-scores) increased after weight loss, but decreased during the 1-year weight maintenance phase. All 1-year follow-up BMD Z-scores were increased (except L1) compared to baseline measurements (P < 0.05). These sites included the hip neck (+0.088, P = 0.014), total hip (+0.099, P = 0.001), L2 (+0.127, P = 0.013), L3 (+0.135, P = 0.014), and L4 (+0.199, P = 0.002). AAs had significantly higher absolute BMD at all sites (P < 0.05) compared to EAs, but no time by race interactions were evident during weight loss (except in L3). Conclusion: These results may indicate that weight loss is safe with regard to bone health for overweight premenopausal women. Copyright © 2013 The Obesity Society.
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  • Hamilton KC; Fisher G; Roy JL; Gower BA; Hunter GR
  • Start Page

  • 441
  • End Page

  • 448
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 3