Elevated Serum Carboxymethyl-Lysine, an Advanced Glycation End Product, Predicts Severe Walking Disability in Older Women: The Women's Health and Aging Study I
Semba, Richard D.
Fried, Linda P.
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CitationSun, Kai, Richard D. Semba, Linda P. Fried, Debra A. Schaumberg, Luigi Ferrucci, and Ravi Varadhan. 2012. Elevated serum carboxymethyl-lysine, an advanced glycation end product, predicts severe walking disability in older women: The women's health and aging study I. Journal of Aging Research 2012:586385.
AbstractAdvanced glycation end products (AGEs) have been implicated in the pathogenesis of sarcopenia. Our aim was to characterize the relationship between serum carboxymethyl-lysine (CML), a major circulating AGE, and incident severe walking disability (inability to walk or walking speed \(<0.4\) m/sec) over 30 months of followup in 394 moderately to severely disabled women, \(\ge 65\) years, living in the community in Baltimore, Maryland (the Women's Health and Aging Study I). During followup, 154 (26.4%) women developed severe walking disability, and 23 women died. Women in the highest quartile of serum CML had increased risk of developing of severe walking disability in a multivariate Cox proportional hazards model, adjusting for age and other potential confounders. Women with elevated serum CML are at an increased risk of developing severe walking disability. AGEs are a potentially modifiable risk factor. Further work is needed to establish a causal relationship between AGEs and walking disability.
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