Jacobs Journal of Internal Medicine

Dynamometer Measurements of Grip Strength in Frail Elderly Inpatients

*M Rosario Beseler Soto
Faculty Of Health And Sciences, Hospital Universitari I Politècnic La Fe, Valencia, Spain

*Corresponding Author:
M Rosario Beseler Soto
Faculty Of Health And Sciences, Hospital Universitari I Politècnic La Fe, Valencia, Spain
Email:beseler_ros@gva.es

Published on: 2018-06-30

Abstract

Sarcopenia and frailty are two clinical entities that generate loss of independence. Sarcopenia is characterized by loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength and is a risk factor for fraility and physical disabilities. To diagnose fragility must is necessary 3 of the following 5 criteria: unintentional weight loss, decreased walking speed, low physical activity, fatigue and decreased grip strength.

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Introduction

Both conditions are related with multiple comorbid factors such as falls, functional decline, osteoporosis, impaired thermoregulation and glucose intolerance that contribute to disability, morbidity and hospital lengstay [3,4]. There are few studies about sarcopenia prevalence according to standards of European study group of sarcopenia in the elderly (EWGSOP) [1], but there is a growing interest in the study of this entity. In fact in our country there are recent studies in hospitalized elderly [5] and some research projects with institutionalized elderly [6].