Comparisons of sarcopenia prevalence based on different diagnostic criteria in Chinese older adults

Abstract

The study aimed to describe the prevalence of sarcopenia and discussed the applicability of different diagnostic criteria in Chinese older adults. 286 Chinese adults (136 men and 150 women) aged 60–88 were recruited. The prevalence of sarcopenia were calculated using different diagnostic criteria. Physical functioning was compared in sarcopenic and non-sarcopenic older adults. Compared with the standard of EWGSOP (European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People), the prevalence of sarcopenia was higher when the IWGS (International Working Group on Sarcopenia) standard was applied (Men: 7.4% vs. 0.8%; Women: 4.7% vs. 0%). If the AWGS (Aisa Working Group on Sarcopenia) standard was applied, the prevalence was 5.9% in men and 0.7% in women. In conclusion, the prevalence of sarcopenia in Chinese older adults ranged from 0% to around 10% when the diagnostic criteria of IGWS, EWGSOP and AGWS were applied. Further studies are still needed to investigate appropriate diagnostic criterion of sarcopenia for Chinese population.

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Wen, X., An, P., Chen, W.C. et al. Comparisons of sarcopenia prevalence based on different diagnostic criteria in Chinese older adults. J Nutr Health Aging 19, 342–347 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12603-014-0561-x

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Key words

  • Sarcopenia
  • aging
  • diagnostic criterion
  • chinese