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JFSF Vol 2, No 3, September 2017, p.58-61

doi: 10.22540/JFSF-02-058


Mini Review Article

Public Health issues in hospital management of Sarcopenic patients

Vassiliki Marinaki1, George I. Lambrou2

  1. Fifth Orthopedic Department & Spinal Cord Injury Department, “KAT” Hospital, Nikis 2, Kifisia
  2. First Department of Pediatrics, Choremeio Research Laboratory, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Keywords: Sarcopenia, Public Health, Management, Public Health Expenditure, Quality of Life


Sarcopenia is a combination of a progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and muscle strength or physical performance, with high risk of adverse outcomes such as physical disability, poor quality of life and death. It mainly affects older people, aged 60-70 years. The development of sarcopenia is multifactor. The first step towards the management of sarcopenia is the proper and professional diagnosis. According to EWGSOP the diagnosis of sarcopenia depends on the presence of low muscle mass (LMM) plus low muscle strength (LMS) or low physical performance (LPP). Although it is difficult to establish its prevalence, the higher prevalence is observed in hospitalized elderly patients. It has direct and indirect impact on public health, which are difficult to be measured due to numerous negative outcomes of sarcopenia.