Seminar Details


Body composition, dietary patterns, cardiovascular disease and mortality in older men

Tuesday 12th March 2013
1pm - 2pm (12.45 for sandwiches)
Seminar Room 1
PCPH, Upper 3rd Floor, UCL (Royal Free Campus)
Speaker: Janice Atkins

The population in the UK are ageing and the key to healthy ageing is the prevention of major diseases and disability. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the main cause of death in the UK but it is largely preventable and important modifiable risk factors include diet, nutritional status and obesity. Important changes in body composition occur with age including a relative increase in fat mass and a gradual decline in muscle mass. However, the impact of being overweight and of obesity in the elderly on CVD and mortality remain controversial and it is unclear what the relationship is between low muscle mass and risk of CVD. There is also a paucity of data on optimal dietary patterns in the elderly. This PhD aims to investigate the impact of measures of body composition (adiposity and muscle mass) and dietary patterns on the risk of CVD and mortality in older adults. Data from the British Regional Heart Study (BRHS), a large prospective study of CVD with follow-up of 4252 older men (aged 60-79 years), will be used to address these objectives. This presentation will provide an introduction to the research area of my PhD, describe the methodology of the BRHS and summarise key findings to date; in particular I will explore risk factors for low muscle mass, and how measures of adiposity and muscle mass are associated with the risk of CVD and mortality. I will also discuss plans for the remainder of my PhD to identify dietary patterns in older men and their associated risks with CVD and morality.

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