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Conflicting results have been reported on the association between restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) at the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene locus (i.e., for BsmI, ApaI, and TaqI) and bone mineral density (BMD). We analyzed this association in a large population-based sample (n = 1782) of men and women aged 55-80 years using a novel direct(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relation between non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and bone mineral density at the lumbar spine and hip. DESIGN Population-based study with a cross-sectional survey. SETTING A district of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS 5931 residents (2481 men, 3450 women) of the district aged 55 years or more. (More)
The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence and health effects of vertebral deformities in men and women. The study was carried out as part of the cross-sectional baseline phase of The Rotterdam Study, a prospective population-based cohort study of residents aged 55 years or over of a district of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The prevalence of(More)
Broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA) and speed of sound (SOS) of the os calcis were measured in a sample of 1405 persons (628 men), aged 55-93 years, from the cohort of the Rotterdam Study, a population-based study of diseases in the elderly. We studied the effect of age, body mass index, age at menopause, current use of thiazides, loop diuretics, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship of osteoarthritis (OA) to bone mineral density (BMD) and rate of bone loss. METHODS The study group consisted of 2,745 persons (1,624 women) from the general elderly population. Disability was assessed by the Health Assessment Questionnaire. Femoral neck BMD was measured at baseline and, in 1,723 subjects, after 2(More)
We studied the association between insulin and glucose levels and bone mineral density (BMD) in a population based study of 5931 elderly men and women. Serum insulin was measured 2 h after a nonfasting oral glucose load in subjects not using antidiabetes medication. BMD was measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in the lumbar spine and the proximal(More)
UNLABELLED The prevalence and incidence of systemic sclerosis (SSc) in The Netherlands is unknown. The same holds true for its leading causes of death: pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), for which effective treatment options have recently become available. OBJECTIVE To establish the prevalence and incidence of SSc and its(More)