Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia Response to the Emphasis on Anterior Thigh Muscle Mass in Sarcopenia Diagnosis

August 1, 2020

We thank you for the opportunity to respond to the issues raised in the letter by Kara et al and thank them for their valuable comments on the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia (AWGS) consensus for sarcopenia diagnosis. Before responding to the comments, we want to address some consensus of AWGS: (1) AWGS wants to make evidence-based recommendations, so only published studies in Asian countries were included; (2) AWGS defined sarcopenia as an age-related condition, so recommendations were limited to people older than 60 or 65 years old; and (3) younger people with sarcopenia were recommended to search for potential underlying pathoetiology instead of only sarcopenia.