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Nutrition-related sarcopenia: how to advise patients on improving diet and quality of life

Sarcopenia, marked by a loss of muscle mass and linked to malnutrition, is often seen in older people

Sarcopenia, marked by a loss of muscle mass and linked to malnutrition, is often seen in older people. A new resource helps nurses identify sarcopenia including in patients who are overweight or obese

Essential information

Sarcopenia is the progressive and generalised loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that often accompanies ageing, although it can occur earlier in life.

It is associated with a range of potential adverse outcomes, including physical disability, an increased likelihood of falls, poor quality of life, loss of independence and increased risk of death, says the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) .

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