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Falls are a common and costly source of injury and death in elderly adults. A large proportion of injurious falls are due to a trip or slip, suggesting that muscular factors are major determinants of both fall risk and the risk for fall related injury. Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle strength and mass that occurs with advancing age, and an increasing body of evidence links this condition with an increased risk for falls. Nutritional factors, as well as exercise can help with both prevention and treatment of sarcopenia. In this review, we analyze the foundation of sarcopenia as potentially modifiable risk factor for falls, and we try to formulate practical strategies for nutritional interventions aimed at reducing the risk for sarcopenia and falls in our elderly patients.


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Name: Endocrine practice : official journal of the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
ISSN: 1530-891X


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