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Frailty is a major health condition associated with ageing. Although the concept is almost universally accepted, its operational definition remains controversial. Anyway, this geriatric condition represents a huge potential public health issue at both the patient and the societal levels because of its multiple clinical, societal consequences and its dynamic(More)
Inadequate vitamin D status is associated with secondary hyperparathyroidism and increased bone turnover and bone loss, which in turn increases fracture risk. The objective of this study is to assess the prevalence of inadequate vitamin D status in European women aged over 80 years. Assessments of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels (25(OH)D) were performed on(More)
CONTEXT There is growing evidence that vitamin D plays a role on several tissues including skeletal muscle. OBJECTIVE The aim was to summarize with a meta-analysis, the effects of vitamin D supplementation on muscle function. DATA SOURCES A systematic research of randomized controlled trials, performed between 1966 and January 2014 has been conducted on(More)
INTRODUCTION In the definition of the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP), different cut-off limits are proposed for appendicular lean mass, muscle strength and gait speed. Therefore we aimed to examine the variation in prevalence of sarcopenia obtained with these cut-off limits. MATERIALS AND METHODS Subjects aged 65 years and(More)
Besides its well-known effect on bone metabolism, recent researches suggest that vitamin D may also play a role in the muscular, immune, endocrine, and central nervous systems. Double-blind RCTs support vitamin D supplementation at a dose of 800 IU per day for the prevention of falls and fractures in the senior population. Ecological, case-control and(More)
Introduction: Several tools are available for the assessment of muscle mass, muscle strength and physical performance in clinical research. However, few data are available on the usage of these tools in clinical practice. Methods: This study aimed to assess their usage by means of a large online international survey. Since sarcopenia is a specific condition(More)
INTRODUCTION The SarcoPhAge project is an ongoing longitudinal study following community-dwelling elderly subjects with the objective to assess some health and functional consequences of sarcopenia. The sarcopenia diagnosis algorithm developed by the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) and used in the present study needs further(More)
A total of 119 GPs participated to a survey aimed to assess the profile and determinants of vitamin D supplementation prescription in nursing homes. Among the respondent GPs, 65 (54.6 %) systematically prescribe vitamin D to their institutionalized patients and the 54 (45.4 %) others prescribe only sometimes. The aim of this study is to assess the profile(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies suggest that bone and muscle wasting are closely interconnected. OBJECTIVE The aim was of this study is to assess the prevalence of osteoporosis in a population of women diagnosed with sarcopenia. Participants, setting and design: We analyzed cross-sectional data of women, aged 65 years and above, for whom bone mineral density(More)
BACKGROUND Sarcopenia is defined as a progressive and generalized loss of muscle mass with either a loss of muscle strength or a loss of physical performance but there is no recommendation regarding the diagnostic tools that have to be used. In this study, we compared the prevalence of sarcopenia assessed using different diagnostic tools. METHODS To(More)