This brief shows why more research should be done on African American veterans who have sarcopenia. In policy and practice, African American veterans should tell their healthcare providers about their geriatric medical needs, and health professionals should inform their veteran patients about how to avoid muscle wasting that can lead to sarcopenia; the VA should provide criteria for diagnosing sarcopenia among aging veterans. Suggestions for future research include analysis of the relation between myosteatosis and diabetes, as well as focusing on understanding the effects of sarcopenia on African American veterans.
Harris-Love, M. O., Adams, B., Hernandez, H. J., DiPietro, L., & Blackman, M. R. (2014). Disparities in the consequences of sarcopenia: Implications for African American veterans. Frontiers in Physiology, 5(250), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2014.00250
Gerontology | Medicine and Health Sciences | Military and Veterans Studies | Musculoskeletal, Neural, and Ocular Physiology | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Age, African American, Disability, Body composition, Health disparities, Health issues, Sarcopenia, Skeletal muscle, Veterans
Age; African Americans; Disabilities; Body composition; Veterans, United States
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Disparities in the Consequences of Sarcopenia: Implications for African American Veterans"" (2015). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 311.
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