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Doctors take different approach to treating frailty

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  • There have always been frail people, but only in recent years has the term "frailty" become a medical diagnosis.

      There have always been frail people, but only in recent years has the term "frailty" become a medical diagnosis.

  • Women more than men, tend to be frail, experts say, because women usually outlive men.

      Women more than men, tend to be frail, experts say, because women usually outlive men.

  • Frail people usually suffer from several symptoms such as unintentional weight loss, muscle loss, a feeling of fatigue, slow walking speed and low levels of physical activity.

      Frail people usually suffer from several symptoms such as unintentional weight loss, muscle loss, a feeling of fatigue, slow walking speed and low levels of physical activity.

 
By Marlene Cimons
The Washington Post

There have always been frail people, but only in recent years has the term "frailty" become a medical diagnosis, defined by specific symptoms and increasingly focused on by those who deal with the medical issues of the elderly. clinicians now are looking at ways to prevent or delay frailty, sometimes even reverse it.

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