Obesity, muscle deficiency can be associated with falls in older women: Study


Older adults who gain weight can increase the risk of muscle weakness and falls

A recent study was conducted to determine whether muscle weakness and obesity lead to falls in older women. Researchers have said that many older adults will be at high risk for falls, as obesity and muscle weakness also increase.

The findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Falls can be particularly demanding for older people who are obese and also have sarcopenia (a medical term for losing muscular strength, as we age). Currently, 5 to 13 percent of adults over 60 years of age have sarcopenia. These rates can be up to 50 percent for people aged 80 and older.

Older adults who gain weight can increase the risk of muscle weakness and falls. Obesity is an increasing epidemic. More than a third of adults aged 65 and over were considered fat in 2010. Sarkopenia and obesity or "sarcopen obesity" are associated with a reduction in physical ability and a greater risk of fracture.

A group of researchers suggested that it is important to recognize people who are at risk of falls related to obesity and muscular weakness, so that providers of health services can offer appropriate solutions.

To find out more about sarkopenic obesity and its effects on falls in older women, the team reviewed information from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI). In a full study, health information – for example, weight, muscle mass and drop experience – ranges from more than 160,000 women aged 50 to 79 years, followed by more than 15 years. The researchers reviewed the results for 11,020 women after the menopause.

The researchers found that Hispanics / Latina had the highest risk of falls due to sarcopen obesity in postmenopausal studies. They also found that after menopause, women under the age of 65 had a greater risk of fatalities associated with sarcopic obesity.

Striving for more information on how women's organs change after the menopause will help healthcare professionals to develop possible solutions.

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