Association between self-reported walking speed and calcaneal stiffness index in postmenopausal Japanese women

Yoshihito Tomita, Kazuhiko Arima, Satoshi Mizukami, Ritsu Tsujimoto, Shin ya Kawashiri, Takayuki Nishimura, Takuhiro Okabe, Natsumi Tanaka, Yuzo Honda, Kazumi Nakahara, Naoko Yamamoto, Izumi Ohmachi, Hisashi Goto, Maiko Hasegawa, Youko Sou, Itsuko Horiguchi, Mitsuo Kanagae, Yasuyo Abe, Fumiaki Nonaka, Mami TamaiHirotomo Yamanashi, Yasuhiro Nagata, Atsushi Kawakami, Takahiro Maeda, Kiyoshi Aoyagi

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    Background: Osteoporosis and related fractures, a worldwide public health issue of growing concern, is characterized by compromised bone strength and an increased risk of fracture. Here we show an association between self-reported walking speed and bone mass among community-dwelling postmenopausal Japanese women aged 50 years and older. Design; cross-sectional study: Setting and Participants; The survey population included 1008 postmenopausal women 50–92 years of age residing in rural communities. Methods: Self-reported walking speed was ascertained by asking the participants: “Is your walking speed faster than others of the same age and sex?” to which participants responded “yes (faster)” or “no (moderate/slower).” Calcaneal stiffness index was measured. Results: Women with a faster self-reported walking speed were younger and had a lower BMI, higher stiffness index, and higher grip strength than women with a slower walking speed. Multiple linear regression analysis adjusted for age, BMI, grip strength, comorbidity, current smoking, and alcohol drinking status showed a significant association between faster self-reported walking speed and higher calcaneal stiffness index (p < 0.001). Conclusions: Our findings suggest that questionnaires of walking speed may be useful for predicting bone mass and that a fast self-reported walking may benefit bone health in postmenopausal women.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number466
    JournalBMC Geriatrics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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