A Simple Model to Identify Risk of Sarcopenia and Physical Disability in HIV-Infected Patients

Paulo Farinatti*, Lorena Paes, Elizabeth A. Harris, Gabriella O. Lopes, Juliana P. Borges

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A simple model to identify risk of sarcopenia and physical disability in HIV-infected patients. J Strength Cond Res 31(9): 2542-2551, 2017 - Early detection of sarcopenia might help preventing muscle loss and disability in HIV-infected patients. This study proposed a model for estimating appendicular skeletal muscle mass (ASM) to calculate indices to identify "sarcopenia" (SA) and "risk for disability due to sarcopenia" (RSA) in patients with HIV. An equation to estimate ASM was developed in 56 patients (47.2 ± 6.9 years), with a cross-validation sample of 24 patients (48.1 ± 6.6 years). The model validity was determined by calculating, in both samples: (a) Concordance between actual vs. estimated ASM; (b) Correlations between actual/estimated ASM vs. peak torque (PT) and total work (TW) during isokinetic knee extension/flexion; (c) Agreement of patients classified with SA and RSA. The predictive equation was ASM (kg) = 7.77 (sex; F = 0/M = 1) + 0.26 (arm circumference; cm) + 0.38 (thigh circumference; cm) + 0.03 (Body Mass Index; kg·m -2) - 8.94 (R 2 = 0.74; R 2 adj = 0.72; SEE = 3.13 kg). Agreement between actual vs. estimated ASM was confirmed in validation (t = 0.081/p = 0.94; R = 0.86/p < 0.0001) and cross-validation (t = 0.12/p = 0.92; R = 0.87/p < 0.0001) samples. Regression characteristics in cross-validation sample (R 2 adj = 0.80; SEE = 3.65) and PRESS (R 2 PRESS = 0.69; SEE PRESS = 3.35) were compatible with the original model. Percent agreements for the classification of SA and RSA from indices calculated using actual and estimated ASM were of 87.5% and 77.2% (gamma correlations 0.72-1.0; p < 0.04) in validation, and 95.8% and 75.0% (gamma correlations 0.98-0.97; p < 0.001) in cross-validation sample, respectively. Correlations between actual/estimated ASM vs. PT (range 0.50-0.73, p ≤ 0.05) and TW (range 0.59-0.74, p ≤ 0.05) were similar in both samples. In conclusion, our model correctly estimated ASM to determine indices for identifying SA and RSA in HIV-infected patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2542-2551
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study has been partially funded by grants from the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, process 479086/2010-9). The authors thank the Interdisciplinary Nutritional Assessment Laboratory of the University of Rio de Janeiro State (LIAN) for performing the DXA exams.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 National Strength and Conditioning Association.


  • AIDS
  • appendicular skeletal muscle mass
  • isokinetic strength testing
  • muscle function


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