Journal article

High risk of malnutrition is associated with low muscle mass in older hospitalized patients - a prospective cohort study

Vincent D Pierik, Carel GM Meskers, Jeanine M Van Ancum, Siger T Numans, Sjors Verlaan, Kira Scheerman, Roeliene C Kruizinga, Andrea B Maier

BMC GERIATRICS | BMC | Published : 2017


BACKGROUND: Malnutrition, low muscle strength and muscle mass are highly prevalent in older hospitalized patients and associated with adverse outcomes. Malnutrition may be a risk factor for developing low muscle mass. We aimed to investigate the association between the risk of malnutrition and 1) muscle strength and muscle mass at admission and 2) the change of muscle strength and muscle mass during hospitalization in older patients. METHODS: The EMPOWER study included 378 patients aged seventy years or older who were acutely or electively admitted to four different wards of an academic teaching hospital in Amsterdam. Patients were grouped into low risk of malnutrition and high risk of malnu..

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