Moderate weight loss in obese and overweight men preserves bone quality

L. Claudia Pop, Deeptha Sukumar, Katherine Tomaino, Yvette Schlussel, Stephen H. Schneider, Chris L. Gordon, Xiangbing Wang, Sue A. Shapses

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Background: Weight loss (WL) negatively affects bone mineral density (BMD) in older populations and has specifically been shown in women. Objective: In this prospective controlled trial, we examined variables of bone quality and endocrine changes after intentional WL in men. Design: Thirty-eight overweight and obese [mean ± SD body mass index (in kg/m2): 31.9 ± 4.4; age: 58 ± 6 y] men were recruited to either WL through caloric restriction or weight maintenance (WM) for 6 mo. Results: There was a 27.9 ± 4.4% and +0.2 ± 1.6% change in body weight in the WL and WM groups, respectively. There was a greater increase in femoral neck and total body BMD and bone mineral content (BMC) in the WM group than in the WL group (P-interaction effect < 0.05). In contrast, there was a trend for the tibia cortical thickness and area to decrease more in the WM group than in the WL group (P ≤ 0.08). There was a decrease in the periosteal circumference in both groups over time (P < 0.01) and no statistically significant changes in trabecular bone. Circulating total, free, and bioavailable estradiol decreased in the WL group compared with the WM group, and changes were different between groups (P < 0.05). Serum total and bioavailable testosterone increased in both groups (P < 0.01). Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D increased to a similar extent in both groups (P < 0.05). Conclusions: Moderate WL in overweight and obese men did not decrease BMD at any anatomical site or alter cortical and trabecular bone and geometry. Also, despite increased BMD at some sites when maintaining excess body weight, cortical bone showed a trend in the opposite direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-667
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone
  • Caloric restriction
  • Men
  • Obesity
  • Sex steroids


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