Association of Parkinson's disease with accelerated bone loss, fractures and mortality in older men: The Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) study

Howard A Fink, Michael A Kuskowski, Brent C Taylor, J. T. Schousboe, E. S. Orwoll, Kristine E Ensrud

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Summary: Among community-dwelling older men, compared to those without Parkinson's disease (PD), over approximately 5 years, those with baseline PD had a significantly greater rate of annualized total hip bone loss (-1.1% vs. 0.4%), proportion of incident non-spine fractures (14.9% vs. 7.2%) and mortality (34.8% vs. 9.5%). Introduction: The objective of this study was to examine the association of Parkinson's disease (PD) with bone loss and fractures in older men. Methods: This prospective cohort study analyzed data from 5,937 community dwelling men aged ≥65 years at six clinical centers of the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Study. At baseline and visit two (mean interval 4.6 +/-0.4 SD years), community-diagnosed PD was ascertained by self-report and hip bone mineral density (BMD) was measured using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Incident fractures were self-reported. Fractures and deaths were centrally adjudicated. Results: At baseline, 46 (0.8%) men had PD. Age-adjusted mean annualized total hip bone loss was greater in men with vs. those without PD (-1.08% vs. -0.36%, p<0.001). 15.2% of men with PD and 7.2% of men without PD experienced an incident non-spine fracture (age-adjusted HR 2.4, 95%CI 1.1-5.0). 34.8% of men with PD and 9.5% of men without PD died during follow-up (age-adjusted HR 3.5, 95%CI 2.2-5.5). Associations of PD with bone loss, fractures and mortality were modestly altered by additional individual adjustment for possible confounders. Conclusions: In community-dwelling older men, PD was associated with increased bone loss, fractures and mortality. In addition to implementing fall prevention measures, clinicians should consider osteoporosis screening in older men with PD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1277-1282
Number of pages6
JournalOsteoporosis International
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Study is supported by National Institutes of Health funding. The following institutes provide support: the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and NIH Roadmap for Medical Research under the following grant numbers: U01 AR45580, U01 AR45614, U01 AR45632, U01 AR45647, U01 AR45654, U01 AR45583, U01 AG18197, U01-AG027810, and UL1 RR024140.

Funding Information:
Dr. Schousboe receives research grant support from Hologic, Inc. Dr. Ensrud receives research grant support from Bionovo. Dr. Orwoll receives research, consulting or speaking support from Aventis, Pfizer, Eli Lilly & Co., Novartis, Merck & Co., Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Zelos Therapeutics Inc., Imaging Therapeutics Ind., and Solvay Pharmaceuticals. All other authors have no conflicts of interest.


  • Bone density
  • Fractures
  • Mortality
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson's disease


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