The relationship between increased body mass index and frailty on falls in community dwelling older adults

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/306766
Title:
The relationship between increased body mass index and frailty on falls in community dwelling older adults
Authors:
Sheehan, Katie J; O’Connell, Matthew DL; Cunningham, Clodagh; Crosby, Lisa; Kenny, Rose A
Citation:
BMC Geriatrics. 2013 Dec 06;13(1):132
Issue Date:
6-Dec-2013
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-13-132; http://hdl.handle.net/10147/306766
Abstract:
Abstract Background The global population is becoming older and more overweight. The inter-relationship between frailty and falls is often seen in the older adult and is associated with poor health outcomes. Little is known about this relationship for those with excess body mass. This study aimed to assess the relationships between BMI, frailty and falls. Methods Frailty, body mass index, clinical and demographic characteristics were assessed at baseline for 606 community dwelling adults aged 60 years and older. Falls were assessed prospectively with a semi-structured telephone interview two years later. Results An increase in BMI contributed significantly to the identification of frail (Odds Ratio: 4.4; 95% Confidence Interval: 1.4, 13.6) older adults. A total of 346 falls by 148 participants were reported at follow up. Those with an increased BMI were significantly less likely to have experienced a fall between baseline and follow up assessments (p = 0.03). Despite these opposing trends a BMI greater than or equal to 30.0 kg.m2 did not alter the relationship between falls and frailty for the current cohort. Conclusions This is the first study to assess the falls-frailty relationship for those with an increased BMI. Obesity was found to be protective against falling but not specifically in frail older adults.
Language:
en
Keywords:
FALL PREVENTION; OLDER PEOPLE; WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Local subject classification:
BODY MASS INDEX

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSheehan, Katie Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO’Connell, Matthew DLen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCunningham, Clodaghen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCrosby, Lisaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKenny, Rose Aen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-12T12:48:06Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-12T12:48:06Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-06-
dc.identifier.citationBMC Geriatrics. 2013 Dec 06;13(1):132en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2318-13-132-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/306766-
dc.description.abstractAbstract Background The global population is becoming older and more overweight. The inter-relationship between frailty and falls is often seen in the older adult and is associated with poor health outcomes. Little is known about this relationship for those with excess body mass. This study aimed to assess the relationships between BMI, frailty and falls. Methods Frailty, body mass index, clinical and demographic characteristics were assessed at baseline for 606 community dwelling adults aged 60 years and older. Falls were assessed prospectively with a semi-structured telephone interview two years later. Results An increase in BMI contributed significantly to the identification of frail (Odds Ratio: 4.4; 95% Confidence Interval: 1.4, 13.6) older adults. A total of 346 falls by 148 participants were reported at follow up. Those with an increased BMI were significantly less likely to have experienced a fall between baseline and follow up assessments (p = 0.03). Despite these opposing trends a BMI greater than or equal to 30.0 kg.m2 did not alter the relationship between falls and frailty for the current cohort. Conclusions This is the first study to assess the falls-frailty relationship for those with an increased BMI. Obesity was found to be protective against falling but not specifically in frail older adults.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectFALL PREVENTIONen_GB
dc.subjectOLDER PEOPLEen_GB
dc.subjectWEIGHT MANAGEMENTen_GB
dc.subject.otherBODY MASS INDEXen_GB
dc.titleThe relationship between increased body mass index and frailty on falls in community dwelling older adultsen_GB
dc.language.rfc3066en-
dc.rights.holderKatie J Sheehan et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.description.statusPeer Reviewed-
dc.date.updated2013-12-11T16:13:50Z-
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