Lower estimated bone strength and impaired bone microarchitecture in children with type 1 diabetes

Gitte Fuusager, Nikolaj Milandt, Vikram Vinod Shanbhogue, Anne Pernille Hermann, Anders Jørgen Schou, Henrik Thybo Christesen

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INTRODUCTION: Patients with type 1 diabetes has an increased risk of fracture. We wished to evaluate estimated bone strength in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes and assess peripheral bone geometry, volumetric bone mineral density (vBMD) and microarchitecture. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, high-resolution peripheral quantitative CT (HR-pQCT) was performed of the radius and tibia in 84 children with type 1 diabetes and 55 healthy sibling controls. Estimated bone strength was assessed using a microfinite element analysis solver. Multivariate regression analyses were performed adjusting for age, sex, height and body mass index. RESULTS: The median age was 13.0 years in the diabetes group vs 11.5 years in healthy sibling controls. The median (range) diabetes duration was 4.2 (0.4-15.9) years; median (range) latest year Hb1Ac was 7.8 (5.9-11.8) % (61.8 (41-106) mmol/mol). In adjusted analyses, patients with type 1 diabetes had reduced estimated bone strength in both radius, β -390.6 (-621.2 to -159.9) N, p=0.001, and tibia, β -891.9 (-1321 to -462.9) N, p<0.001. In the radius and tibia, children with type 1 diabetes had reduced cortical area, trabecular vBMD, trabecular number and trabecular bone volume fraction and increased trabecular inhomogeneity, adjusted p<0.05 for all. Latest year HbA1c was negatively correlated with bone microarchitecture (radius and tibia), trabecular vBMD and estimated bone strength (tibia). CONCLUSION: Children with type 1 diabetes had reduced estimated bone strength. This reduced bone strength could partly be explained by reduced trabecular bone mineral density, adverse microarchitecture and reduced cortical area. We also found increasing latest year HbA1c to be associated with several adverse changes in bone parameters. HR-pQCT holds potential to identify early adverse bone changes and to explain the increased fracture risk in young patients with type 1 diabetes.

TidsskriftBMJ open diabetes research & care
Udgave nummer1
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 1. aug. 2020


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