Research Partnership Defines Diagnostic Criteria for Sarcopenia, a Debilitating Condition in Older Adults

SarcopeniaA series of six special articles published online April 15, 2014, in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, derived from the work of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium Sarcopenia Project, provide data-driven diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia, a  common and potentially disabling condition in older adults.

These recommendations have the potential to influence treatment decisions, helping identify groups of patients at risk for poor outcomes, in which interventions should be tested, and clarifying categories of sarcopenia patients for insurers, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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