Tag Archives: frailty

How Many Steps Per Day?

Is 10,000 the magic number? Maybe not magic, but 10,000 daily steps can improve your health Accelerometers are small, simple, inexpensive devices that capture data to calculate the number of daily steps. While accelerometers are relatively new in America, they’ve been used in Japan since the 1960s. Japanese widely embrace a goal of 10,000 steps…
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Forestall Sarcopenia and Frailty with Resistance Training

Older people can build physical strength Resistance training produces benefits beyond from building muscle Sarcopenia and frailty are age-related conditions that reduce quality of life of older people and increase public health costs. The newly revised European definition of sarcopenia: a progressive and generalized skeletal muscle disorder that is associated with increased likelihood of adverse…
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Frailty and Diet

Eat Better to avoid frailty More protein, less added sugar Frailty reflects health deficits, including cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and dementia, that accumulate over time. Might people who Eat Better reduce their risk of frailty? Researchers at University College London conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of four relevant studies. They included longitudinal studies with…
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Frailty Debilitates and Kills

While frailty seems obvious enough, science lacks a universally agreed upon method of evaluating frailty. The Frailty Index (FI) is commonly used to evaluating frailty in a clinical setting. Researchers calculate FI as the number of deficits a patient exhibits divided by the total number of deficits considered. For example, if a doctor finds that a patient exhibits five of 20 deficits that older people often commonly have, the FI for that patient would be 5/20 = 0.25. Deficits include symptoms or signs of chronic diseases or disabilities or social problems based on a patient examination or laboratory data.
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