Normative Data of Handgrip Strength in 26344 Older Adults - A Pooled Dataset from Eight Cohorts in Asia
In 2014, the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia (AWGS) published the first consensus report for the diagnosis of sarcopenia in Asian people (1). Because of the lack of reference handgrip strength value based on adverse health outcomes, AWGS at that time recommended to use the lowest quintile of the study population as the cutoff values for low muscle strength, i.e., <26kg in men and < 18 kg in women (1). However, it was primarily based on 2 studies in Asia, one in Japan and the other one in Taiwan (2, 3). The agreed values were not generated from a wide representation in Asia and the sample size might not be sufficient. In 2019, AWGS started to revise the consensus report. In the first working group meeting in Nagoya, Japan, we decided to divide the members into subgroups, each responsible for literature review in one specific aspect about sarcopenia. The subgroups include: diagnostic algorithm, epidemiology of sarcopenia in Asia, muscle mass measurement, muscle strength...