Mediterr J Rheumatol 2020;31(1):42-9
Epidemiology of osteoporosis and its determinants in physically active Majorcan elderly
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1. Servicio de Reumatología, Hospital Universitari Son Llàtzer, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2. Unidad de Investigación, Hospital Universitari de Son Espases, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
3. Servicio de Reumatología, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
4. IDIBELL, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
5. Unidad de Medicina del Deporte. Institut de Serveis Socials i Esportius. Consell de Mallorca, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Objective: To estimate the prevalence and distribution of determinants of osteoporosis (OP) in a population of physically active Majorcans over 60. Methods: Health survey in which consecutive women and men above 60 years old visiting sports facilities during a two-month period were recruited. All underwent a densitometry of the lumbar spine (LS) and femoral neck (FN). Osteoporosis was defined according to the World Health Organization densitometric criteria (T-score Results: The sample included 731 subjects (86% female), with an average age of 70 (SD 5) among men and 65 (8) among women. The overall prevalence of osteoporosis was 35.7% in the LS, 8.9% in the FN and 39.4% in the LS and/or FN. The analysis by gender showed a higher prevalence of osteoporosis in women than in men (43.8 % vs. 11.1%). The presence of osteoporosis increased with age in men and women (7.8% for 61-75 years old vs 22.7% > 75 years old for men and 48.5% for 61-75 years old vs 62.7% > 75 for women). Conclusions: Densitometric osteoporosis is frequent among physically active elderly population, and higher than expected in a largely sunlight-exposed area. 


Article Submitted: 4 Jan 2020; Revised Form: 12 March 2020; Article Accepted: 20 Mar 2020; Published: 31 Mar 2020

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©Juan A, Frontera G, Cacheda AP, Ros I, Narváez J, Marí B, Nolla JM.