Wen X, An P, Chen WC, Lv Y, Fu Q

J Nutr Health Aging 2015;19:342-347

Publication date: March 1, 2015


In this study, Wen et al. investigated prevalence of sarcopenia and the applicability of different diagnostic criteria in 286 Chinese adults (136 men and 150 women) aged 60-88. 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 (Asian 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 IWGS, EWGSOP and AWGS were applied. Further studies are still needed to investigate appropriate diagnostic criterion of sarcopenia for the Chinese population.


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