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Clinical Nutrition of Sarcopenia and Dysphagia in Elderly

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2024) | Viewed by 238

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Clinical Nutrition Unit, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino, Genova, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The intersection of sarcopenia, characterized by the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function, and dysphagia, a difficulty in swallowing, is an emerging area of interest in geriatric nutrition. With the world's aging population, understanding the nutritional strategies to mitigate the onset or progression of these conditions is pivotal.

As the global population ages, the incidence of age-related conditions such as sarcopenia and dysphagia is on the rise. Both have profound implications for quality of life and health outcomes among the elderly. A comprehensive nutritional approach may offer promising interventions.

Sarcopenia is marked by a decline in skeletal muscle strength, mass, and function. While it is a natural aspect of aging, exacerbated loss can lead to frailty, reduced mobility, and increased mortality.

Dysphagia can stem from various causes including neurological, muscular, or structural issues. The risks include aspiration, malnutrition, and dehydration, with the elderly being particularly vulnerable.

There is growing evidence of a link between sarcopenia and dysphagia. Loss of muscle function can affect the oropharyngeal muscles, impacting swallowing. Additionally, malnutrition, common in dysphagia patients, can further exacerbate sarcopenia.

Beyond nutrition, a comprehensive care approach including physical therapy, speech therapy, and regular medical evaluation can offer synergistic benefits.

The topics covered include:

  • Epidemiological evaluation of sarcopenia and dysphagia.
  • The molecular mechanisms linking sarcopenia and dysphagia.
  • The efficacy of combined nutritional interventions.
  • The potential role of emerging nutrients and compounds in addressing these conditions.

Prof. Dr. Samir Giuseppe Sukkar
Guest Editor

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  • sarcopenia
  • skeletal muscle
  • geriatric nutrition
  • aging, dysphagia
  • malnutrition

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