Jogging and bone mineral density in men: Results from NHANES III

M. E. Mussolino, A. C. Looker, E. S. Orwoll

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Objectives. This cross-sectional population-based study assessed the association of jogging with femoral bone mineral density (BMD) in men. Methods. Data are from a nationally representative sample of 4254 men aged 20 to 59 years from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Total femoral BMD was measured by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. Jogging was self-reported. Results. Jogging (any vs none) was strongly associated with higher BMD in multivariate models (P < .01) for both young and middle-aged men. Men who jogged 9 or more times per month had higher BMD levels than those who jogged only 1 to 8 times per month (P = .01). Conclusions. Jogging is associated with higher femoral neck BMD in men. Additional large-scale studies that measure all aspects of jogging are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1056-1059
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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