Prevalence of probable sarcopenia in community-dwelling older Swiss people - a cross-sectional study

Julia Wearing, Peter Konings, Rob A. de Bie, Maria Stokes, Eling D. de Bruin*

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Abstract

BackgroundThe European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People has recently defined new criteria for identifying "(probable) sarcopenia" (EWGSOP2). However, the prevalence of probable sarcopenia, defined by these guidelines, has not been determined extensively, especially in the oldest old. This study aims to determine the prevalence of probable sarcopenia in older, community-living people and its association with strength-related determinants.MethodsHandgrip strength and reported determinants (age, height, weight, osteoarthritis of hands, medications, fall history, physical activity, activities of daily living (ADL) and global cognitive function) were collected in a cross-sectional study of 219 community-living Swiss people (75years and over). Probable sarcopenia was estimated based on cut-off values for handgrip strength as recommended by EWGSOP2. Spearman correlations, binary-regression analyses and contingency tables were used to explore relationships between variables.ResultsThe prevalence of probable sarcopenia in women (n=137, age 84.15.7years) and men (n=82, age 82.6 +/- 5.2years) was 26.3 and 28.0%, respectively. In women, probable sarcopenia correlated positively with age and falls (r(s) range 0.332-0.195, p

Original languageEnglish
Article number307
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Older people
  • Probable sarcopenia
  • EWGSOP2
  • ADL independence
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • HANDGRIP STRENGTH
  • GRIP STRENGTH
  • PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
  • PINCH STRENGTH
  • HEALTH
  • INDEPENDENCE
  • EPIDEMIOLOGY
  • ASSOCIATION
  • DISABILITY

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