Assessment of muscle mass (DXA; BIA), strength (handgrip strength) and function (SPPB, gait speed, get-up-and-go test) are advised to diagnose sarcopenia.
The EWGSOP have developed an algorithm to screen for sarcopenia patients based on gait speed (see figure). A cut off point of <0.8 m/s usual gait speed identifies patients at risk for sarcopenia.
EWGSOP proposed algorithm for screening for sarcopenia patients (Adapted from Cruz-Jentoftet al., 2010a)
- Cruz-Jentoft, A.J., et al., Age and Ageing, 2010. 39(4): p. 412-23.