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Elderly women who received Helicobacter pylori-eradicating therapy have reduced risk of low skeletal muscle mass

Authors Baeg MK, Choi M, Ko S, Lim C, Kim JS, Cho YK, Park JM, Cho Y, Lee B, Lee I

Received 24 August 2015

Accepted for publication 22 September 2015

Published 30 October 2015 Volume 2015:10 Pages 1771—1777


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker

Myong Ki Baeg, Myung-Gyu Choi, Sun-Hye Ko, Chul-Hyun Lim, Jin Su Kim, Yu Kyung Cho, Jae Myung Park, Young-Seok Cho, Bo-In Lee, In-Seok Lee

Department of Internal Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Background: Sarcopenia is associated with adverse outcomes such as physical disability, poorer quality of life, and death. Helicobacter pylori (HP) eradication increases ghrelin secretion, which may be a possible treatment for sarcopenia. We investigated whether HP eradication reduces the risk of low muscle mass (LMM), which is an integral component of sarcopenia.
Materials and methods: Healthy, asymptomatic women aged ≥60 years who participated in a health screening program were enrolled. Subjects with a history of HP eradication were compared with those who were HP IgG+, but had not received HP-eradicating therapy. Body composition was measured by multifrequency bioelectrical impedance analysis. LMM was defined as body muscle mass 2 standard deviations below the mean muscle mass of healthy women aged 20–39 years from the same program. Multivariable analysis was used to identify sarcopenia risk factors.
Results: Three hundred seventy-two women had received HP eradication, while 689 HP IgG+ women had not. The prevalence of LMM was significantly lower in those who received HP eradication (13.7% vs 21.6%, P=0.002). Multivariable analysis identified risk factors for LMM as age, white blood cell count, serum total protein concentration, and the metabolic syndrome. HP eradication (odds ratio: 0.632, 95% confidence interval: 0.440–0.824, P=0.013) was a significant preventive factor, and exercise (odds ratio: 0.710, 95% confidence interval: 0.504–1.002, P=0.051) had a preventive tendency.
Conclusion: HP eradication might reduce LMM risk. This finding should be confirmed in prospective longitudinal studies to determine the long-term effects of HP eradication on sarcopenia.

Keywords: sarcopenia, Helicobacter pylori, eradication, bioelectrical impedance analysis

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