Is There a Link Between Atherosclerosis and Osteoporosis in Men with Type 2 Diabetes?
Atherosclerosis is commonly seen in people with type 2 diabetes, and some data have shown a connection between atherosclerosis and osteoporosis.
The results of their study were published online in November 2011 in the article “Association between vascular calcification and osteoporosis in men with type 2 diabetes.” It will soon appear in the Journal of Clinical Densitometry.
A total of 59 men who have diabetes were involved in the study. Study participants were between 50 and 80 years old. The research team assessed their bone health using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA).
The research team found that in the lumbar spine:
- 10.2% of the participants had osteoporosis
- 45.8% had osteopenia
They also discovered that in the femoral neck:
- 11.8% had osteoporosis
- 49% had osteopenia
Furthermore, the researchers found that in these men, there was a significant link between osteoporosis in the lumbar spine (L1-L4) (p=0.004) and in the femoral neck (p=0.036) with iliac artery calcification.
Researchers concluded that although there was a positive link between iliac artery calcification and osteoporosis in men with type 2 diabetes, there was no association with any of the other metabolic factors, clinical factors, or chronic diabetes complications that were evaluated. The only exception was the link between a previous personal history of fractures (p=0.016) and low bone mineral density that was found in the femoral neck.