Old people, especially in nursing homes, are not a deeply investigated population group and are more likely to be frequently affected by chronic or acute health issues. A clinical trial has investigated the use of an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE2) as a possible biomarker for demonstrating frailty in nursing home residents.
Frailty is a condition that affects older adults, making them more vulnerable to illnesses and injuries. It is an age-related syndrome that causes increased vulnerability in older people exposing them to a higher risk of adverse health-related events such as hospitalization, dependence, and even death. Researchers have been looking for ways to identify frailty early so that preventative measures can be taken to improve the quality of life for older adults.
ACE2 is an enzyme that plays a crucial role in the renin-angiotensin system, which regulates blood pressure and fluid balance in the body. Additionally, it is also raised in inflammation and stressful conditions of the body.
Clinical TrialA clinical trial has found that high serum angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 activity may be a biomarker of frailty in nursing home residents.
The trial involved 228 nursing home residents who were over 70 years old. The researchers measured the participants' ACE2 activity and assessed their frailty using the Clinical Frailty Scale. The findings demonstrated that those with high ACE2 activity were more likely to be frail than those with lower ACE2 activity levels.
The results of the clinical trial showed that higher serum ACE2 activity was associated with a higher body mass index, worse physical function, greater dependence, and increased frailty.
Frailty is a complex condition that involves physical, psychological, and social factors. It is characterized by a decline in physical function, decreased mobility, and an increased risk of falls and hospitalization. Frailty is also associated with cognitive impairment, depression, and social isolation. Identifying frailty early can help healthcare providers intervene with treatments and support to improve the quality of life of older adults.
The findings of this clinical study suggest that measuring ACE2 activity could be a simple and non-invasive way to identify frailty in nursing home residents. High ACE2 activity could be used as a biomarker to indicate which residents may benefit from interventions to improve their physical function, mobility, and overall health.
This clinical trial is significant because it provides a new avenue for identifying frailty in older adults. Current methods for assessing frailty require time-consuming and costly tests and assessments. Measuring ACE2 activity is a quick and inexpensive alternative that could be incorporated into routine blood tests.
ConclusionIn conclusion, the clinical trial suggests that serum ACE2 levels could be used to predict frailty in nursing home residents. This early detection of a vulnerability in old people could allow healthcare providers to provide timely interventions and treatments to older people in need. The result would be an improved quality of life for older adults.
Experimental Gerontology Journal, Feb-22