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JFSF Vol 3, No 4, December 2018, p.194-202

doi: 10.22540/JFSF-03-194


Original Article

Prevalence and factors associated with sarcopenia and dynapenia in elderly people

Thiago Neves1, Eduardo Ferriolli2, Marcela Bomfim Martin Lopes3, Milene Giovana Crespilho Souza4, Carlos Alexandre Fett4, Waléria Christiane Rezende Fett4

  1. Department of Physical Education, University of the State of Mato Grosso, Diamantino, MT, Brazil
  2. Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
  3. Department of Physical Education, Physical Education College, IPE Faculty of Technology, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil
  4. Department of Physical Education, Nucleus of Studies in Physical Fitness, Computers, Metabolism, and Sports and Health, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil

Keywords: Prevalence, Strength, Sarcopenia, Muscle, Aged


Objectives: There is little information about the risk factors for sarcopenia and dynapenia. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of sarcopenia and dynapenia and to verify which risk factors are associated with the elderly population. Methods: A total of 387 elderly people were evaluated. We used a questionnaire to identify sociodemographic and behavioral aspects. For physical performance, we used the Short Physical Performance Battery. Using the European Working Group of Sarcopenia in Older People consensus, we defined sarcopenia that includes the occurrence of low muscle mass, added to low muscle strength or low physical performance. Dynapenia was defined using handgrip strength. Results: Sarcopenia and dynapenia were identified in 15.3% and 38.2% of the elderly people, respectively; 15.8% of women and 14.2% of men had sarcopenia, and 52.4% of women and 13.5% of men had dynapenia. Sarcopenia was associated with the increase in aging, white race, smoking, and risk of malnutrition. Dynapenia is more likely to occur in women and hospitalized patients. Conclusion: Sarcopenia had a greater association with the risk factors evaluated here, mainly with smoking and nutritional status. On the other hand, dynapenia was different, having a greater association with hospital intervention.