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Fisioterapia em Movimento

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CAROMANO, Fátima Aparecida et al. Correlation between mass and percentage of fat according to the age in duchenne muscular Dystrophy. Fisioter. mov. (Impr.) [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.2, pp.221-227. ISSN 1980-5918.

INTRODUCTION: The Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder, characterized by the progressive and irreversible loss of skeletal muscle. PURPOSE: This study aims to correlate the percentage and mass of fat to the age of patients with DMD. METHODS: It was selected 68 individuals aged between 5 and 20 years, with molecular diagnosis of certainty for DMD, residents in the city of São Paulo. All the them were submitted to weight and height measurement and also to the test of body composition analysis with the use of bioelectrical impedance, in the morning period, all the same day. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: The results were analyzed by grouping individuals into quartiles of age and showed a body mass index (BMI) of 21 ± 8 kg / m². Thus, it was observed that with the age and the degree of inactivity imposed by the disease, there was an accumulation of body fat and loss of lean mass. CONCLUSION: Further studies related to the nutritional characteristics of these individuals are necessary to clarify the effects of disease and food in the gain on the percentage of body and mass fat.

Keywords : Duchenne muscular Dystrophy; Body composition; Age.

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