The purpose of this study was to determine if bone health at the femoral neck (FN) and lumbar spine (LS) can be predicted from objectively-measured sedentary behavior and physical activity data in postmenopausal women. Waist-mounted ActiGraph GT1M and GT3X devices were used to quantify levels of sedentary and moderate-to-vigorous intensity behavior during a 7-day period in 44 older females. Bone health (normal and osteopenia/osteoporosis) of FN and LS was derived from T scores generated using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. Binomial logistic regression analysis indicated that sedentary time and number of breaks in sedentary behavior were significant predictors of osteopenia/osteoporosis at the FN, but not at the LS. Adherence to physical activity guidelines was not a significant predictor of bone health at the FN or LS. Our findings suggest that more frequent interruptions in sedentary behavior are associated with improved bone health in postmenopausal women.
Braun is with the Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI. Kim is with the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Jetton is with the Department of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. Kang and Morgan are with the Department of Health and Human Performance, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.