Bone mass in young patients with type I diabetes

G. Weber, L. Beccaria, M. de'Angelis, S. Mora, L. Galli, M. A. Cazzuffi, F. Turba, F. Frisone, M. P. Guarneri, G. Chiumello

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We measured bone mineral content (BMC) with single photon absorptiometry in two groups of young patients with type I diabetes: the first group (prospective study) consists of 48 patients followed from onset to the third year of diabetes and the second group (cross-sectional study) consists of 66 long-term diabetics. Bone mineral content at onset of disease was lower than normal in only two cases. After 3 years of diabetes no male revealed BMC below the normal range but two females (6.6%) had low BMC values. In our cross-sectional study we found a BMC reduction in 12% of the cases. We did not find a relationship between bone deficit and duration of diabetes, or bone mass values and HbA1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalBone and Mineral
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990


  • Bone mineral loss
  • Photon absorptiometry
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Surgery


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