Introduction: Inverse associations of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and atherosclerosis with osteoporosis and bone mineral density (BMD) have been reported in post-menopausal women and elderly men. We aimed to investigate an association between vetebral bone density (VBD) and coronary artery cacification (CAC) in an international multi-ethnic cohort of middle-aged men in the EBCT and Risk Factor Assessment among Japanese and US Men in the Post-World-War-II birth cohort (ERA JUMP). Methods: ERA JUMP examined 1134 men aged 40–49 (267 white, 84 black, and 242 Japanese Americans, 308 Japanese in Japan, and 233 Koreans in South Korea) free from CVD for CAC, and VBD, biomarkers of coronary atherosclerosis and BMD, respectively, with electron-beam computed tomography, and other risk factors. CAC was quantified with the Agatston method and VBD by computing the mean Hounsfield Unit (HU) value of the T12 to L3 vertebrae. To examine multivariable-adjusted associations of CAC with VBD, we used robust linear and logistic regressions. Results: The mean VBD and median CAC were 175.4 HU (standard deviation: 36.3) and 0 (interquartile range: (0, 4.5)), respectively. The frequency of CAC was 19.0%. There was no significant interaction by race. VBD had a significant inverse association with CAC score (β = −0.207, p-value = 0.005), while a 10-unit increase in VBD was significantly associated with the frequency of CAC (odds ratio (95% confidence interval) = 0.929 (0.890–0.969)). Both associations remained significant after adjusting for covariates. Conclusions: VBD had a significant inverse association with CAC in this international multi-ethnic cohort of men aged 40–49.
- Bone mineral density
- Coronary artery calcification
- International multi-ethnic population-based cohort
- Systems biology
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine