Frequent consumption of fruit and vegetables inversely associated with sarcopenia

Yunhwan Lee is a professor and Jinhee Kim is a research fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of Ajou University School of Medicine, and the Institute on Aging of Ajou University Medical Center in the Republic of Korea. His paper was recently published in Age and Ageing journal.shutterstock_190449695

Sarcopenia, the gradual loss of muscle mass with age, is now widely recognised as a major health problem in late life. Older people with sarcopenia are prone to suffering from frailty, falls, and disability that negatively affects their quality of life. Because there is currently no effective treatment for sarcopenia, it is important to identify risk factors that have a modifiable influence on the condition. Continue reading

Prevalence of sarcopenia in community-dwelling older people in the UK

Harnish Patel is a Consultant Geriatrician and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton.Prevalence of sarcopenia

Sarcopenia, the loss of skeletal muscle mass and function with age is now recognised as a major clinical problem for older people. Sarcopenia is common and associated with serious health consequences in terms of frailty, disability, morbidity and mortality, not forgetting the high health care costs which have run into billions of dollars in the USA.

Research in the area is expanding exponentially.The European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) recently published consensus guidelines on the definition and diagnosis of sarcopenia. This definition was an important development in sarcopenia research and has provided a systematic approach not only in case finding but also in understanding aetiology and developing treatments. Using the working group definitions we have, for the first time, estimated the prevalence of sarcopenia in the UK. In our paper, the prevalence of sarcopenia was estimated to affect 4.6% men and 7.9% women with an average age of 67 years – broadly comparable to international estimates. Continue reading