Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 609–617

Prevalence of osteoporosis and reference data for lumbar spine and hip bone mineral density in a Korean population

  • Lian-Hua Cui
  • Jin-Su Choi
  • Min-Ho Shin
  • Sun-Seog Kweon
  • Kyeong-Soo Park
  • Young-Hoon Lee
  • Hae-Sung Nam
  • Seul-Ki Jeong
  • Jeong-Soo Im
Original Article


The aims of this study were to establish reference data for bone mineral density (BMD) at central skeletal sites using Lunar dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and to estimate the age-and sex-specific prevalence of osteoporosis in a Korean population. We performed a population-based, cross-sectional study. The subjects were 4148 (1810 men and 2338 women) Korean adults, aged 20–79 years. The BMD for central sites (lumbar spine, femoral neck, trochanter, and Ward’s triangle) were measured by DXA. The standardized prevalence of osteoporosis among individual aged 50–79 years in lumbar spine, femoral neck, Ward’s triangle, and trochanter was 40.1%, 12.4%, 28.4%, and 4.4% in women and 6.5%, 5.9%, 3.7%, and 1.6% in men, respectively. In women, peak BMD occurred in the age range 40–49 years for the femoral neck and trochanter, 30–39 years for the lumbar spine, and 20–29 years for Ward’s triangle. In men, peak BMD values were observed at 20–29 years for all measured sites. This study establishes a normative database for BMD at central skeletal sites using dualenergy X-ray absorptiometry and provides more reliable information on the prevalence of osteoporosis in Korea.

Key words

bone mineral density reference data osteoporosis prevalence dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) Korean 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lian-Hua Cui
    • 1
  • Jin-Su Choi
    • 2
  • Min-Ho Shin
    • 2
  • Sun-Seog Kweon
    • 3
  • Kyeong-Soo Park
    • 4
  • Young-Hoon Lee
    • 4
  • Hae-Sung Nam
    • 5
  • Seul-Ki Jeong
    • 6
  • Jeong-Soo Im
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Public HealthQingdao University Medical CollegeQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Department of Preventive MedicineChonnam National University Medical SchoolGwangjuSouth Korea
  3. 3.Jeonnam Regional Cancer CenterChonnam National University Hwasun HospitalHwasunKorea
  4. 4.Department of Preventive MedicineSeonam University College of MedicineNamwonKorea
  5. 5.Department of Preventive MedicineChungnam National University College of MedicineDaejeonKorea
  6. 6.Department of NeurologyChonbuk National University Medical SchoolJeonjuKorea
  7. 7.Department of Preventive MedicineGachon University of Medicine and ScienceIncheonKorea

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