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Telassin Silva Homem, Fernando Silva Guimarães, Maurício Santos Soares, Leandro Kasuki, Mônica Roberto Gadelha and Agnaldo José Lopes

Advances in the knowledge of acromegaly are leading to an increase in the survival rate of acromegalic subjects. This study was conducted to evaluate balance control, risk of falls, and peripheral muscle function in acromegalic older adults. Seventeen older subjects with acromegaly (67 [63–73] years) and 20 paired control subjects were evaluated with balance scales, force platform, and knee isokinetic dynamometry tests. There were significant differences between the groups on several balance and gait scales, with a worse performance and greater risk of falls in the acromegalic older adults. Acromegalic older adults had lower values for peak torque, maximum repetition of the total work, and total work during extension at 240°/s. The acromegalic older adults had higher values in the medial-lateral range. Acromegaly subjects had lateral instability that compromises their body balance and increases the risk of falls. Moreover, there was a propensity for muscle fatigue in these individuals.

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Olyaei * Hossein Bagheri * 4 2017 25 2 212 217 10.1123/japa.2015-0322 Balance Control and Peripheral Muscle Function in Aging: A Comparison Between Individuals with Acromegaly and Healthy Subjects Telassin Silva Homem * Fernando Silva Guimarães * Maurício Santos Soares * Leandro Kasuki * Mônica

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Wai-Ting Lo, Kit-Lun Yick, Newman Lau, Lok-Tung Tse, Sun-Pui Ng and Joanne Yip

: a comparison between individuals with acromegaly and healthy subjects . Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 25 ( 2 ), 218 – 227 . PubMed doi:10.1123/japa.2016-0100 10.1123/japa.2016-0100 Devita , P. , & Hortobagyi , T. ( 2000 ). Age causes a redistribution of joint torques and powers