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Normative Data for Lean Mass Using FNIH Criteria in an Australian Setting

Julie A Pasco, Kara L Holloway-Kew, Monica C Tembo, Sophia X Sui, Kara B Anderson, Pamela Rufus-Membere, Natalie K Hyde, Lana J Williams, Mark A Kotowicz



Recommendations from the FNIH Sarcopenia Project are that appendicular lean mass (ALM, kg) adjusted for body mass index (BMI, kg/m2) be used for identifying low lean mass, with ALM/BMI cutpoints of < 0.789 m2 for men and < 0.512 m2 for women. We report normative ALM/BMI values for Australian adults, and compare the performance of cutpoints derived from reference values for this population with FNIH values for identifying low lean mass. Body composition was measured by DXA (Lunar) for 1411 men and 960 women, aged 20-93 years, from the Geelong Osteoporosis Study, a population-based study in Australia. Sex-stratified means and standard deviations for DXA-derived ALM/BMI were generated for each ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

The Geelong Osteoporosis Study (GOS) was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia (Projects 299831, 251638, 628582). The funding organisations played no role in the design or conduct of the study, in the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data, nor in the preparation, review and approval of the manuscript. SXS, MCT and PGR were supported by Deakin Postgraduate Scholarships and KLH-K was supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.