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Muscle mass should be a new vital sign, research shows

Muscle mass should be a new vital sign, research shows

IMAGE: This infographic details the link between muscle mass and a person’s overall health status, and highlights key findings from theAnnals of Medicine review paper. view more 

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A comprehensive review published in Annals of Medicine confirms low muscle mass is linked to an increased risk of serious health complications and decreased survival Growing scientific evidence suggests muscle mass should be a key factor in evaluating a person’s health status, especially if living with a chronic disease

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Oct. 18, 2018 — Adults go to the doctor roughly three times a year.1 During their visit, vitals are taken such as blood pressure, pulse, and weight, but are these measurements really showing the full picture of a person’s overall health? Extensive research shows health care professionals should be considering something often overlooked — muscle mass. A new review paper published in Annals of Medicine, and supported by Abbott, confirms the critical role muscle mass plays in health with studies demonstrating that people with less muscle had more surgical and post-operative complications, longer hospital stays, lower physical function, poorer quality of life and overall lower survival.2

The review examined the latest research over the course of a year


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