Muscle Mass Assessed by the D3-Creatine Dilution Method and Incident Self-reported Disability and Mortality in a Prospective Observational Study of Community-Dwelling Older Men

Peggy M. Cawthon, Terri Blackwell, Steven R. Cummings, Eric S. Orwoll, Kate A. Duchowny, Deborah M. Kado, Katie L. Stone, Kristine E. Ensrud, Jane A. Cauley, William J. Evans

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Whether low muscle mass is a risk factor for disability and mortality is unclear. Associations between approximations of muscle mass (including lean mass from dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry [DXA]), and these outcomes are inconsistent. METHODS: Muscle mass measured by deuterated creatine (D3Cr) dilution and appendicular lean mass (ALM, by DXA) were assessed at the Year 14 Visit (2014-2016) of the prospective Osteoporotic Fractures in Men study (N = 1,425, age 77-101 years). Disability in activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental ADLs, and mobility tasks was self-reported at the Year 14 visit and 2.2 years later; deaths were centrally adjudicated over 3.3 years. Relative risks and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated per standard deviation decrement with negative binomial, logistic regression, or proportional hazards models. RESULTS: In age- and clinical center-adjusted models, the relative risks per decrement in D3Cr muscle mass/wgt was 1.9 (95% CI: 1.2, 3.1) for incident self-reported ADL disability; 1.5 (95% CI: 1.3, 1.9) for instrumental ADL disability; and 1.8 (95% CI: 1.5, 2.2) for mobility disability. In age-, clinical center-, and weight-adjusted models, the relative risks per decrement in D3Cr muscle mass was 1.8 (95% CI: 1.5, 2.2) for all-cause mortality. In contrast, lower DXA ALM was not associated with any outcome. Associations of D3Cr muscle mass with these outcomes were slightly attenuated after adjustment for confounding factors and the potentially mediating effects of strength and physical performance. CONCLUSIONS: Low muscle mass as measured by D3Cr dilution is a novel risk factor for clinically meaningful outcomes in older men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalThe journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences
Volume76
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

Keywords

  • Death
  • Disability
  • Muscle mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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