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Association of body composition with sarcopenic obesity in elderly women
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Authors: Silva AO, Karnikowski MGO, Funghetto SS, Stival MM, Lima RM, Souza JC, Navalta JW, Prestes J
Published Date January 2013
Volume 2013:6 Pages 25 - 29
|Received:||23 July 2012|
|Accepted:||23 August 2012|
|Published:||14 January 2013|
1Catholic University of Brasilia, Brasilia, DF, Brazil; 2Center University of Brasilia, Brasilia, DF, Brazil; 3University of Brasilia, Brasilia, DF, Brazil; 4University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Abstract: The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence of sarcopenic obesity and its association with obesity and sarcopenia in elderly Brazilian women. Two hundred and seventy-two sedentary women with a mean age of 66.75 ± 5.38 years were recruited for participation in this study. Obesity was determined by both body mass index and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) evaluations. Sarcopenic obesity diagnosis was established from the ratio between fat-free mass and body surface area as obtained by DXA. There was no association of obesity with sarcopenic obesity (P = 0.424). In contrast, sarcopenia was significantly related to sarcopenic obesity (P < 0.001), although most of the elderly women with sarcopenia (n = 171) did not exhibit sarcopenic obesity. These results highlight the importance of diagnosing sarcopenic obesity as elderly women exhibiting sarcopenia could be either eutrophic or obese.
Keywords: sarcopenic obesity, aging, obesity, sarcopenia, health
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