Skeletal muscle mass and physical decline

Does low skeletal muscle mass lead to functional decline? Nine hundred and seventy-five women aged 75+ were followed four years to evaluate functional decline. Those with low skeletal muscle mass (SMM) starting out showed more subsequent functional decline. Other studies have recently shown that declining functional performance may be a predictor of physical decline. Interestingly, there was no correlation found between sarcopenic obesity and functional decline in this study. (Free abstract only.)

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