As the global population continues to rapidly age, we continue to make advancements that are allowing people to live longer than ever before. John Burstow discusses the risk of developing age-related diseases and conditions due to longer life spans and how muscle health could play a vital role to help combat this.
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The Evolution of Sarcopenia: Could muscle health be the most important determinant for healthy ageing?
More than two-thirds of older adults are managing more than one chronic disease. This article reviews a new study, conducted by the International Food Information Council and supported by Abbott, which found that heart and muscle health were the top two health topics that adults over 50 years old are paying attention to.
In this review authors look at several dietary supplements and how they could potentially support improvements in health, exercise adaptation, and/or recovery.
Researchers believe that the loss of muscle mass as we age is due to the loss of nerves. The muscles need to receive a signal from the nervous system to tell them to contract to allow your body to move.
Proper nutrition and exercise play a key role in keeping your bones and muscles healthy.
The loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) is a leading contributor to frailty and loss of independence associated with aging. Regardless of age or fitness level a study showed that muscle loss and loss of strength can be slowed considerably and even in some cases reversed.
The effects of supplementing with Vitamin D while on a simulated Mediterranean diet (high-fat extra-virgin olive oil-based) were conducted on rats over a 10-week period. Authors concluded that Vitamin D with consumption of healthy fats appeared to prevent muscle damage.
Every person has different genetic components that can affect muscle function and how that factors into muscle gain and loss for each individual. When genetics are mixed with poor lifestyle choices it can cause you to lose muscle mass at a faster rate. It is important to prevent muscle loss so that aging doesn’t hinder your activities in life.
The effects of the immune system in older adults who maintained a high level of physical activity (cycling) for much of their adult lives was compared to younger adults who were not involved in regular exercise. Authors concluded that exercise in aging adults could prevent immune system declines and help protect against infections.
It is recommended that you eat a healthy, diverse diet of lean proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
Research suggests that enhancing seniors’ readiness for surgery can potentially lead to improved outcomes. A Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health (POSH) program was implemented by Duke University Medical Center finding that adults that attended the program were less likely to return to the hospital post-op in the next 30 days and more likely to return home without need of home health care.