Sarcopenia: a potential cause and consequence of type 2 diabetes in Australia’s ageing population?

Joule J Li, Jonathan W Newbury and Robert J Adams
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01225
Published online: 17 July 2017

We read with interest the excellent review by Scott and colleagues1 on the contribution of sarcopenia to type 2 diabetes in the ageing Australian population. In a prospective Australian cohort of community-dwelling men, we recently found that muscle grip strength and muscle quality, but not muscle mass, were associated with incident type 2 diabetes at 5 years follow-up.2 These associations were not mediated by serum interleukin 6 or tumour necrosis alpha.

  • Joule J Li1,2
  • Jonathan W Newbury3
  • Robert J Adams2

  • 1 Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 Health Observatory, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA
  • 3 Rural Clinical School, University of Adelaide, Port Lincoln, SA



The Men Androgen Inflammation Lifestyle Environment and Stress cohort study has been supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (grant no. 627227), the University of Adelaide, the South Australian Department of Health, the Florey Foundation and the South Australian Premier’s Science and Research Fund.

Competing interests:

Robert Adams has received research funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and the ResMed Foundation, and equipment donations from Embla Systems.


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