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Researchers Develop Criteria to Identify Muscle Loss, Weakness in Older Adults

Improved Diagnosis Aids in Prevention and Treatment of Mobility Issues from Frailty

BOSTON – Scientists from Harvard Medical School–affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research took part in a collaborative effort by U.S. researchers to develop criteria for diagnosing sarcopenia—a common and disabling condition of low muscle mass and weakness in older adults. Findings from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium Sarcopenia Project are published in The Journals of Gerontology and suggest evidence-based cut-points of grip strength and lean mass could be used to identify sarcopenia in seniors.