The Underappreciated Role of Low Muscle Mass in the Management of Malnutrition

Publish Date: January 2019
Author(s): Nicolaas E.P. Deutz, Ione Ashurst, Maria D. Ballesteros, Danielle E. Bear, Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft, Laurence Genton, Francesco Landi, Alessandro Laviano, Kristina Norman, Carla M. Prado

Abstract:

This opinion article, published in Journal of American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA), addresses the role of muscle mass in improving health outcomes in a variety of disease states. It also offers strategies you can use to help patients manage low muscle mass and prevent muscle loss.

Specifically, the article:


  • Discusses the importance of muscle as a metabolic and homeostatic organ, in addition to being crucial for maintaining proper physical movement
  • Raises awareness of the need for timely identification of loss of skeletal muscle mass and function in high-risk populations, e.g., cancer, COPD
  • Highlights the need to prioritise maintaining and restoring muscle mass when managing malnutrition.
  • Describes the role nutrition and exercise can play in maintaining and restoring muscle function.
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