Objectives: Patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have increased risk for bone fractures which points towards impaired bone quality. Methods: We measured bone mineralization density distribution (BMDD) and osteocyte lacunae section (OLS) characteristics based on quantitative backscattered electron images of transiliac biopsy samples from n=26 premenopausal women with T2DM. Outcomes were compared to those from reference cohorts as well as between T2DM subgroups defined by clinical characteristics. Results: Comparison to references did not reveal any differences in BMDD (all p>0.05) but a lowered OLS-density in cancellous bone in T2DM (-14.9%, p<0.001). Neither BMDD nor OLS-characteristics differed in T2DM subgroups defined by HbA1c (<7% versus >7%). The average degree of bone mineralization (CaMean) was higher (0.44 wt%Ca in T2DM, 0.30 wt%Ca in reference) and consistently the calcium concentration between the tetracycline double labels (CaYoung) was higher (0.76 wt%Ca, all p<0.001) in cancellous versus cortical bone. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that bone matrix mineralization was neither affected by the presence nor by the glycemic control of T2DM in our study cohort. The intra-individual differences between cancellous and cortical bone mineralization gave evidence for differences in the time course of the early mineralization process in these compartments in general.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions|
|State||Published - Sep 2022|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine