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RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GRIP STRENGTH AND NONALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE IN MEN LIVING WITH HIV REFERRED TO A METABOLIC CLINIC

P. Debroy, J.E. Lake, A. Malagoli, G. Guaraldi, for the Modena HIV Metabolic Cohort Team

This study aimed to assess the relationship between grip strength (GS) and nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFLD) in treated HIV-infected men. We included 169 HIV-infected men. GS was assessed using a hand-grip dynamometer. NALFD was defined by liver-spleen attenuation ratio <1.1 on computed tomography. Mean (SD) age was 57 (6) years and BMI 24.5 (2.9) kg/m2. NAFLD was diagnosed in 33% of men; sarcopenia was present in 28%. Mean (SD) hand grip strength in the dominant hand was 37.5 (7.6) kg. In multivariate logistic regression, intermediate and low GS were associated with higher risk of NAFLD (OR 3.05; CI 1.27-7.61, p=0.01; OR 2.47; CI 1.01-6.19, p=0.05, respectively). GS has an inverse association with NAFLD prevalence in HIV-infected men. Specific mechanisms through which muscle weakness and NAFLD are related require further exploration but are not accounted for merely by the burden of comorbid illness, HIV disease stage, or ART exposure.

CITATION:
P. Debroy ; J.E. Lake ; A. Malagoli ; G. Guaraldi ; for the Modena HIV Metabolic Cohort Team ; (2018): Relationship between grip strength and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in men living with HIV referred to a metabolic clinic. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2018.37

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