PhD defence: Sarcopenia and Geriatric Medical Patients

Screening of risk, protein supplementation combined with resistance training, and measurement of body composition


Josephine Gade Bang-Petersen

PhD thesis

Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of muscle mass and strength with age, which has many negative consequences. Especially older adults admitted to the hospital are vulnerable; however, not well studied in the context of sarcopenia.

The overall objectives of this PhD project involving geriatric medical patients were to evaluate a screening tool developed to identify the risk of sarcopenia.

Furthermore, to investigate the effect of a long-term treatment strategy to counteract sarcopenia by combining protein supplementation with resistance training (RT) compared to RT alone.

Finally, the agreement in body composition measurements between two specific devices (bio-impedance analysis and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) was investigated.

2019, 245 pages.


17 December 2019, 13:00


Lille Auditorium, Herlev Hospital, Borgmester Ib Juuls Vej 1, 2730 Herlev.


Professor Inge Tetens (chair), Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Professor Lars Holm, School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK.

Associate Professor Mette Hansen Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Main supervisor

Professor Arne Astrup, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Senior Researcher Anne Marie Beck, Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital, Denmark.

Senior Researcher Anders Vinther, Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and QD-Research Unit Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital, Denmark.

Nutrition Scientist Britt Christensen, Arla Foods Amba & Arla Innovation Center Skejby, Denmark.

The thesis is available for inspection at the library, Nørre Allé 51, DK-2200 Copenhagen N.