The Impact of Combination of Aerobic and Resistive Exercise on Activities of Daily Living and Risk of Fall in Osteosarcopenic Patients

Sisli Etfal Hastan Tip Bul. 2024 Apr 5;58(1):68-74. doi: 10.14744/SEMB.2024.56898. eCollection 2024.


Objectives: It is aimed to explain the impact of the combination of aerobic and resistive exercise on activities of daily living and the risk of falls in osteosarcopenic patients.

Methods: Female and male patients over 70 years of age followed up from the osteoporosis outpatient clinic were screened. Appropriate patients were evaluated for sarcopenia gait speed, grip strength and skeletal muscle mass. Patients with sarcopenia who did not have the exclusion criteria were included in the 3-month aerobic and resistive exercise program. Changes in skeletal muscle mass measurements, physical performance and balance tests were evaluated at 1 month and 3 months.

Results: Sarcopenia was screened in 91 patients with osteoporosis and osteopenia. Sarcopenia was detected in 27 patients and 23 completed the 3-month study. The mean age of the patients was 78.4±5.7 years and the number of female patients was 16 (69.6%). There was no significant change in skeletal muscle mass measurements and Katz Activities of Daily Living Scale performed at 1 and 3 months (p>0.05). Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB), Timed Up and Go Test (TUGT) and Berg Balance Test (BBT) were found to improve significantly in the first month, and it continued to develop in the third month (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Although the combination of aerobic and resistive exercise in osteosarcopenic patients did not lead to a significant increase in skeletal muscle mass, It has a significant effect on physical performance and balance. It can be foreseen that this will increase the independence of the person while reducing the risk of falling.

Keywords: Aerobic exercise; balance; falling; osteosarcopenia; physical performance; resistive exercise.