Overweight older adults with low muscle strength have greater risk of losing their walking ability. A bariatric walker is an important tool aimed at reducing the risk of mobility disability.
More than one-third or 78.9 million Americans are obese, this according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Obesity, according to the CDC, is common, costly and serious.
Obesity raises the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Studies like the one from Stenholm et al. showed that this condition negatively affects the physical functioning of the elderly population. Obese older adults, according to studies, are particularly vulnerable to low muscle strength.
In medical terms, obesity and muscle impairment are collectively called sarcopenic obesity. The Stenholm et al. study showed that sarcopenic obesity increases the risk of accelerated decline of walking speed. The study also found that this condition increases the risk of new mobility disability.
As patients with sarcopenic obesity runs the risk of losing their walking ability, medical interventions are very important. The bariatric walker is often prescribed by health care professionals to patients with sarcopenic obesity.
Here are the top 2 reasons why the bariatric walker is prescribed:
- It reduces excess body weight.
- It reduces the risk of mobility disability.
This assistive device provides stability and wider base of support to the patient. Because of this medical device, overweight patients are encouraged to be physically active. Increase mobility, in turn, reduces excess body weight.
The bariatric walker without wheels by Drive Medical , in particular, comes with a wider and deeper frame designed to accommodate users weighing up to 500 pounds.
In order to be eligible for a bariatric walker use, aside from being overweight, the user must also be able to prove the following:
-Ability to walk independently;
-User needs extra support for balance on both sides of the body;
-User constantly holds onto furniture and walls within the home for support;
-User has good hand and arm function to move the assistive device.