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the new definitions

Cederholm, Tommya,b; Morley, John E.c

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care: January 2015 - Volume 18 - Issue 1 - p 1–4
doi: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000119
AGEING: BIOLOGY AND NUTRITION: Edited by Tommy Cederholm and John E. Morley

Purpose of review To highlight the new international definitions of sarcopenia.

Recent findings New international definitions of sarcopenia have been evaluated and shown to be predictive of poor outcomes in older persons.

Summary There is now international agreement that the definition for sarcopenia should include not only muscle mass, but also some measure of muscle function, such as walking speed or distance or grip strength.

aDepartment of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Uppsala University

bDepartment of Geriatric Medicine, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden

cDivisions of Geriatric Medicine and Endocrinology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Correspondence to John E. Morley, MB, BCh, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 1402 S. Grand Blvd., M238, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA. Tel: +1 314 977 8462; e-mail:

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