- Sarcopenia is a condition characterized by the loss of fat-free muscle mass, which commonly affects older adults and can lead to frailty, weakness, balance issues, and increased risk of falls (1)
- Recent research has shown that active mattresses can be a valuable aid in preventing sarcopenia and its associated complications (2)
- A study conducted by Baker et al. (2019) (2) found that 8 weeks of the Vestims® active mattress use can improve vascular endothelial function and increase fat-free muscle mass by 520 grams, suggesting that active mattresses could be a useful intervention to help older adults maintain muscle mass and prevent the development of frailty, weakness, and balance issues.
- Other research has also highlighted the importance of maintaining muscle mass in older adults through interventions such as progressive resistance training and protein supplementation (1,3)
- Active mattresses and resistance training can be useful in preventing sarcopenia and reducing the risk of falls in older adults.
1. Rolland, Y., Czerwinski, S., Abellan van Kan, G., Morley, J. E., Cesari, M., Onder, G., .. & Vellas, B. (2008). Sarcopenia: its assessment, etiology, pathogenesis, consequences and future perspectives. Journal of nutrition health and aging, 12(5), 287-302.
2. Baker G, Bloxham S, Laden J, Gush R. Vascular endothelial function is improved after active mattress use. J Wound Care. 2019 Oct 2;28(10):676-682. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2019.28.10.676. PMID: 31600104.
3. Fielding, R. A., Vellas, B., Evans, W. J., Bhasin, S., Morley, J. E., Newman, A. B., ... & Abellan van Kan, G. (2011). Sarcopenia: an undiagnosed condition in older adults. Current consensus definition: prevalence, etiology, and consequences. International working group on sarcopenia. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 12(4), 249-256