Age-related sarcopenia index and functional capacity in elderly community members: a correlational study

Authors

  • Rubens Vinícius Letieri Núcleo de Investigação Multidisciplinar em Educação Física - NIMEF, da Universidade Federal do Tocantins (UFT) http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4520-6339
  • Paulo Henrique Torres Araújo Multidisciplinary Research Nucleus in Physical Education (NIMEF), Physical Education Department, Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), Tocantinópolis, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9866-1672
  • Karla Mayane da Silva Federal University of Tocantins (UFT)
  • Bruno Fernandes Antunez Multidisciplinary Research Nucleus in Physical Education (NIMEF), Physical Education Department, Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), Tocantinópolis, Brazil; PhD student in Science in Education program, Northwestern Regional University of Rio Grande do Sul (UNIJUÍ), Ijuí, Brazil.
  • Mayrhon José Abrantes Farias Multidisciplinary Research Nucleus in Physical Education (NIMEF), Physical Education Department, Federal University of Tocantins (UFT), Tocantinópolis, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1641-1950
  • Paulo Marcelo Nogueira Barros University Catholic Center of Quixadá, UNICATÓLICA, Quixadá, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1107-8300
  • Luciana Maria dos Reis Federal University of Alfenas (UNIFAL), Alfenas, Brazil. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0672-7804
  • Guilherme Eustáquio Furtado Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA:E), Nursing School of Coimbra (ESEnfC), Coimbra, Portugal; Research Unit in Sport and Physical Activity-CIDAF (UID/PTD/04213/2020), Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education (FCDEF-UC), University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8327-1567

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.6063/motricidade.23834

Keywords:

Physical Performance, Ageing, Strength

Abstract

Sarcopenia affects performance in simple activities of daily life, directly impacting the quality of life of the elderly. The objective of the present study was to analyse the correlation between age, sarcopenia index and functional capacity in community-dwelling elderly. The sample comprised 40 community-dwelling elderly, 12 men (69.16 ± 8.13 years) and 28 women (67.96 ± 6.23 years). All participants underwent the Electrical Bioimpedance (BIA), Handgrip Strength test (HS), and Timed-Up-and-Go test (TUG). A strong correlation was found between age x TUG in men (r = 0.733; p = 0.021), between age x fat mass in women (r = 0.775; p = 0.032), between HS and TUG in men (r = − 0.713; p = 0.0003), and a weak correlation between HS and Free Fat Mass in women (r = 0.394; p = 0.043). Weak negative correlations were found regarding age in both men and women. In functional performance, concerning test time and age, strong correlations were found for men and weak correlations for women.

Author Biography

Rubens Vinícius Letieri, Núcleo de Investigação Multidisciplinar em Educação Física - NIMEF, da Universidade Federal do Tocantins (UFT)

Departamento de Educação Física

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2022-09-30

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