Michele Berçôt Budziareck

Universidade Católica de Pelotas (UCPel), São Francisco de Paula, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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  • M Cristina Gonzalez · Rodrigo R.P. Duarte · Michele B Budziareck
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    ABSTRACT: Adductor pollicis muscle is the only muscle which could be directly assessed, and its thickness could be useful in muscle mass assessment. Our objective is to determine values of adductor pollicis muscle thickness (APMT) in healthy subjects. APMT was obtained using a skinfold caliper in 300 healthy subjects, grouped by age and gender, in dominant (DAPMT) and non-dominant (NDAPMT) sides. All patients were assessed by Subjective Global Assessment (SGA). General characteristics of the subjects were obtained by a questionnaire. One hundred and fifty men and one hundred and fifty women were evaluated. Their mean age was 44.9+/-18.5 years and they were all well nourished. DAPMT mean values found in men were 26.1+/-4.4mm and in women, 19.8+/-3.3mm, respectively. NDAPMT mean values found in men and women were 25.1+/-4.4mm and 18.7+/-3.1, respectively. Reference values for each gender and age group were created and values below the 5th percentile were considered as limit of normality. This study presents APMT reference values from a healthy population. New studies may demonstrate its role in the evaluation of muscle mass and its association with nutritional status.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2009 · Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland)
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    ABSTRACT: To determine reference values and associated factors for handgrip strength among healthy adults. Three hundred well nourished (SGA category A) subjects were studied, aged 18-90 years. Handgrip strength (HS) was determined using a hand dynamometer. Adductor pollicis muscle (APM) thickness and other anthropometric variables were also measured. Results were analyzed according to gender and age group. We carried out multiple linear regression in order to identify significant determinants of handgrip strength. HS is significantly associated with gender and decreases after age 60 years (p<0.001). Different reference values for each gender and age category are presented, for both dominant (DHS) and non-dominant hands (NDHS). APM showed a strong correlation with HS (R(2)=0.71 and 0.70, for DHS and NDHS, respectively). This association remained significant after adjustment for other variables such as gender, age and body mass index. Reference values are needed to allow the use of HS as a muscular function assessment tool. Values should be stratified by gender and age group. The combined use of HS and APM may be useful as a method for nutritional assessment.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2008 · Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland)