Exercise mode specificity for preserving spine and hip bone mineral density in prostate cancer patients

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise


Lippincott Williams and Wilkins


School of Medical and Health Sciences / Exercise Medicine Research Institute



Grant Number

NHMRC Number : 534409


Newton, R. U., Galvão, D. A., Spry, N., Joseph, D., Chambers, S. K., Gardiner, R. A., . . . Taaffe, D. R. (2019). Exercise mode specificity for preserving spine and hip bone mineral density in prostate cancer patients. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 51(4), 607-614. Available here.


Purpose Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in men with prostate cancer (PCA) is associated with an array of adverse effects, including reduced bone mineral density (BMD) predisposing patients to increased fracture risk. Our purpose was to examine the effects of targeted exercise modes on BMD in men with PCA undergoing ADT. Methods Between 2009 and 2012, 154 PCA patients 43-90 yr old on ADT were randomized to exercise targeting the musculoskeletal system (impact loading + resistance training [ImpRes], n = 57) supervised for 12 months, cardiovascular and muscular systems (aerobic + resistance training, n = 50) supervised for 6 months followed by a 6-month home-based program, or delayed aerobic exercise (DelAer, n = 47) received exercise information for 6 months followed by 6 months of supervised aerobic exercise (stationary cycling). End points were lumbar spine, hip and whole-body BMD measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry with secondary end points of lean and fat mass, appendicular skeletal muscle mass, and neuromuscular strength. ANOVA was used to compare the exercise groups with DelAer at 6 and 12 months. Results There was a between-group difference in BMD for ImpRes and DelAer at the spine (6 months, P = 0.039; 12 months, P = 0.035) and femoral neck (6 months, P = 0.050), with decline attenuated in ImpRes (-1.0% vs -2.0%). Compared with DelAer, ImpRes increased appendicular skeletal muscle at 6 months (0.3 kg, P = 0.045) and improved muscle strength at 6 and 12 months (P ≤ 0.012) by 9%-34%. A limitation was inclusion of well-functioning patients. Conclusion Combined impact loading and resistance exercise attenuates bone loss at the spine and enhances overall musculoskeletal function in PCA patients undergoing ADT. © 2018 by the American College of Sports Medicine.



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