CitationBotoseneanu, Anda; Bennett, Joan M.; Nyquist, Linda; Shinkai, Shoji; Fujiwara, Yoshinori; Yoshida, Hiroto; Aiello, Allison E.; Cigolle, Christine T.; & Liang, Jersey (2015). Cardiometabolic Risk, Socio-Psychological Factors, and Trajectory of Grip Strength among Older Japanese Adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 27(7), 1123-1146.
AbstractObjective: To examine the association between cardiometabolic risk (percent body fat [BF%], triglycerides [TG], high-density lipoprotein [HDL]-cholesterol, hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c]), socio-psychological factors (education and self-rated health [SRH]), and trajectories of grip strength (GS) in older adults.
Method: Longitudinal 8-year data from 1,381 Japanese adults aged 65 years or above were analyzed using hierarchical linear models, stratified according to gender.
Results: GS declined following a linear trajectory. In both genders, higher BF% was associated with weaker GS, but not with the rate of decline. GS trajectory did not correlate with baseline TG, HDL-C, or HbA1c. Cardiometabolic factors mediated educational differences in GS intercept in both genders. In women, better SRH predicted stronger GS. The effect of SRH was robust to adjustments for cardiometabolic risk.
Discussion: In older adults, GS and its rate of decline are selectively associated with both cardiometabolic risk and socio-psychological characteristics. Cardiometabolic risk mediates educational disparities in GS but not differences in subjective assessments of health.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Aging and Health
Bennett, Joan M.
Aiello, Allison E.
Cigolle, Christine T.