Skin advanced glycation end product accumulation and muscle strength among adult men

Haruki Momma, Kaijun Niu, Yoritoshi Kobayashi, Lei Guan, Mika Sato, Hui Guo, Masahiko Chujo, Atsushi Otomo, Cui Yufei, Hiroko Tadaura, Tatsunori Saito, Takefumi Mori, Toshio Miyata, Ryoichi Nagatomi

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Aging is associated with decreased skeletal muscle function. Increased levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in skeletal muscle tissue are observed with advancing age and in diabetes. Although serum AGE level is negatively associated with grip strength in elderly people, it is unknown whether this association is present in adult males. To determine the relationship between AGE accumulation in tissue and muscle strength and power among Japanese adult men. Skin autofluorescence (AF) (a noninvasive method for measuring tissue AGEs), grip strength (n = 232), and leg extension power (n = 138) were measured in Japanese adult men [median (interquartile range) age, 46.0 (37.0, 56.0) years]. After adjustment for potential confounders, the adjusted means [95% confidence interval (CI)] for grip strength across the tertiles of skin AF were 44.5 (43.2, 45.9) kg for the lowest tertile, 42.0 (40.6, 43.3) kg for the middle tertile, and 41.7 (40.3, 43.1) kg for the highest tertile (P for trend<0.01). Moreover, the adjusted geometric means (95% CI) of leg extension power across the tertiles of skin AF were 17.8 (16.6, 19.1) W/kg for the lowest tertile, 17.5 (16.4, 18.7) W/kg for the middle tertile, and 16.0 (14.9, 17.1) W/kg for the highest tertile (P for trend < 0.04). Among Japanese adult men, participants with higher skin AF had lower muscle strength and power, indicating a relationship between AGE accumulation and muscle strength and power. A long-term prospective study is required to clarify the causality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1545-1552
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul


  • Advanced glycation end products
  • Carbonyl stress
  • Grip strength
  • Legextension power
  • Oxidative stress


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