From China: Residential Greenness Tied to Increased Bone Density, Lower Osteoporosis Risk

Residential greenness is associated with higher bone mineral density and a lower risk for incident osteoporosis, according to a study published online March 5 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Tingting Tan, from the The Second Xiangya Hospital at Central South University in Changsha, China, and colleagues examined the associations of residential greenness with bone mineral density and incident osteoporosis. The normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) at various buffer distances was used to serve as an indicator of greenness. The associations of residential greenness with estimated bone mineral density (eBMD), prevalent osteoporosis, and incident osteoporosis were examined; the joint effects of genetic risk and greenness on the risk for osteoporosis were further examined using the polygenic risk score (PRS) for osteoporosis.

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