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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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GUADAMUZ HERNANDEZ, Sylvia Helen  e  SUAREZ BRENES, Gabriel. Generalities of sarcopenic obesity in older adults. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2020, vol.37, n.1, pp.114-120. ISSN 2215-5287.

Overweight and obesity, defined as excess body fat, have become a worldwide problem that is increasing; as result of the imbalance between intakes and energy expenditure. In older adults the variant known as sarcopenic obesity is common, which is an entity where not only there is an increase in fat mass, but also a decrease in lean mass. Among the complications that obesity can bring in older adults are cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, osteoarthritis and the consequent deterioration in the quality of life. Therefore, it is important to carry out a comprehensive approach that involves nutritional interventions and physical activity to which can be added, if necessary, pharmacological and surgical interventions.

Palavras-chave : Obesity; sarcopenia; older adult.

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