Physical activity energy expenditure and sarcopenia in black South African urban women

Herculina S. Kruger, Lize Havemann-Nel, Chrisna Ravyse, Sarah J. Moss, Michael Tieland

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Background: Black women are believed to be genetically less predisposed to age-related sarcopenia. The objective of this study was to investigate lifestyle factors associated with sarcopenia in black South African (SA) urban women. Methods: In a cross-sectional study, 247 women (mean age 57 y) were randomly selected. Anthropometric and sociodemographic variables, dietary intakes, and physical activity were measured. Activity was also measured by combined accelerometery/heart rate monitoring (ActiHeart), and HIV status was tested. Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry was used to measure appendicular skeletal mass (ASM). Sarcopenia was defined according to a recently derived SA cutpoint of ASM index (ASM/height squared) <4.94 kg/m2. Results: In total, 8.9% of the women were sarcopenic, decreasing to 8.1% after exclusion of participants who were HIV positive. In multiple regressions with ASM index, grip strength, and gait speed, respectively, as dependent variables, only activity energy expenditure (β = .27) was significantly associated with ASM index. Age (β = -.50) and activity energy expenditure (β = .17) were significantly associated with gait speed. Age (β = -.11) and lean mass (β = .21) were significantly associated with handgrip strength. Conclusions: Sarcopenia was prevalent among these SA women and was associated with low physical activity energy expenditure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-302
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Aging
  • Body composition

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