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Sarcopenia Studies for the Elderly Population in Taiwan

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified December 2004 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: August 29, 2007
Last verified: December 2004
Health promotion in the elderly has been a major recent public health concern. Sarcopenia is a term utilized to define the loss of muscle mass and strength that occurs with aging. It has been demonstrated to be associated with decreased functional capacity among the elderly. The magnitude of the public health problem posed by sarcopenia is not yet established. The purposes of this study are to investigate sarcopenia and its relationship with functional status in elderly Taiwanese community-dwellers, and to develop the preventive strategy for sarcopenia in the elderly. Firstly, the investigators will recruit 100 volunteers (aged 18-90 years old) to participate in this study. All of the participants will receive bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA), muscle strength and endurance assessment, physical activity level assessment by a seven-day recall questionnaire, protein intake assessment, cognition evaluation (Mini-Mental State Examination) and functional status assessment by the Functional Independence Measurement (FIM) questionnaire. A multiple regression model will be used for statistical analyses. Then, this project will be used to evaluate the efficacy of a 12-week supervised resistance strengthening exercise program for sarcopenia in the elderly. Participants who are defined as having sarcopenia from the previous examination will be randomized into either the exercise or control groups. Subjects in the exercise group will receive resistance strengthening exercises 3 times per week for 12 weeks. All measurements will be performed as described above. The investigators expect that resistance exercises are effective in offsetting age-related decline of muscle mass and strength in the elderly.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Time Perspective: Retrospective/Prospective
Official Title: Sarcopenia Studies for the Elderly Population in Taiwan

Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: August 2005

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-90 year old healthy adults

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No systemic diseases
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00174135

Contact: Meng-Yueh Chien, MS 886-2-23123456 ext 7559

National Taiwan University Hospital Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan
Contact: Meng-Yueh Chien    886-2-23123456 ext 7559   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Meng-Yueh Chien, MS National Taiwan University, College of Medicine
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00174135     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9361701210
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: August 29, 2007

Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Muscular Atrophy
Neuromuscular Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on August 18, 2017