- Physical activity (PA) is positively associated with bone mineral density (BMD) in paediatric patients with IBD.
Why this matters
- Some 8% to 65% of children and adolescents with IBD have low BMD, say researchers.
- For these patients, it is a "powerful predictor" of fracture risk, they say.
- Researchers studied paediatric patients with IBD (N=84, 45 boys; mean age, 14.3±2.7 years), measuring BMD, physical activity (PA), and QoL.
- Funding: Lille University Hospital Programme.
- Mean BMD Z-score was −0.96±1.11; 51% had osteopenia, 4% had osteoporosis.
- After adjusting for pubertal status and BMI, PA was positively associated with BMD (regression coefficient per 1 standard deviation increase in PA parameters, 0.26; P<.05>
- PA was not associated with QoL.
- The study was observational, with a small sample size, and did not show causality.
- It did not account for type of PA or disease severity.