: Sarcopenia prevalence and correlations with age-related disorders among community-dwelling Palestinian older adult
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Background: Sarcopenia is an age related disorder characterized by gradual loss of muscle mass and strength, it has considerable prevalence and health implications among older adults.  The aim of this study is determine the prevalence of Sarcopenia and its correlation with age related disorder among community dwelling older adults in two rural areas in Hebron. Methods: A cross sectional analysis conducted among 144 participants (72 male ,78 female) aged ≥ 60 years old. Sarcopenia was defined according to EWGSOP criteria, nutrition status assessment done by: anthropometric measurements, body composition and Mini-Nutritional Assessment. Functional status assessment done  using activity of daily living and instrumental activity of daily living, Cognitive function was assessed using validated Arabic version of  MoCA-B, screening for depressive symptoms was done using the Arabic version of GDS-15. Results: sarcopenia prevalence was 26.9%, with significant higher prevalence among men 35.7% as compared to women 18.7%. Sarcopenia was associated with higher BMI, lower cognitive function, lower functional status, and higher score of depressive symptoms (p<0.05). In conclusion: Sarcopenia has considerable prevalence among the study sample, and it is associated with nutritional status, impaired functional and cognitive status. Further research utilizing different study design are needed to determine the prevalence off sarcopenia is different areas of Palestine and to define causes and risk factors of Sarcopenia.

journal of gerontology and geriatric
Italian society of gerontology and geriatric
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