A high-saturated-fat, high-sucrose diet aggravates bone loss in ovariectomized female rats

Xiao Li Dong, Chun Mei Li, Si Si Cao, Li Ping Zhou, Man Sau Wong

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Background: Estrogen deficiency in women and high-saturated fat, high-sucrose (HFS) diets have both been recognized as risk factors for metabolic syndrome. Studies on the combined actions of these 2 detrimental factors on the bone in females are limited. Objective: We sought to determine the interactive actions of estrogen deficiency and an HFS diet on bone properties and to investigate the underlying mechanisms. Methods: Six-month-old Sprague Dawley sham or ovariectomized (OVX) rats were pair fed the same amount of either a low-saturated-fat, low-sucrose (LFS) diet (13% fat calories; 15% sucrose calories) or an HFS diet (42% fat calories; 30% sucrose calories) for 12 wk. Blood, liver, and bone were collected for correspondent parameters measurement. Results: Ovariectomy decreased bone mineral density in the tibia head (TH) by 62% and the femoral end (FE) by 49% (P < 0.0001). The HFS diet aggravated bone loss in OVX rats by an additional 41% in the TH and 37% in the FE (P < 0.05). Bone loss in the HFS-OVX rats was accompanied by increased urinary deoxypyridinoline concentrations by 28% (P < 0.05). The HFS diet induced cathepsin K by 145% but reduced osteoprotegerin mRNA expression at the FE of the HFS-sham rats by 71% (P < 0.05). Ovariectomy significantly increased peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor g mRNA expression by 136% and 170% at the FE of the LFS- and HFS-OVX rats, respectively (P < 0.05). The HFS diet aggravated ovariectomyinduced lipid deposition and oxidative stress (OS) in rat livers (P < 0.05). Trabecular bone mineral density at the FE was negatively correlated with rat liver malondialdehyde concentrations (R2= 0.39; P < 0.01). Conclusions: The detrimental actions of the HFS diet and ovariectomy on bone properties in rats occurredmainly in cancellous bones and were characterized by a high degree of bone resorption and alterations in OS. J Nutr 2016;146:1172-9.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1172-1179
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nutrition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Bone loss
  • Estrogen deficiency
  • High-saturated-fat diet
  • High-sucrose diet
  • Oxidative stress
  • Pparg

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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