Posted on Sep 08, 2016, 6 a.m.
Eating specific foods and regular resistance exercise may help to prevent sarcopenia, which affects as many as 1-in-3 older adults.
New findings show that approximately 1 out of 3 adults age 50 and older suffer from sarcopenia, a progressive loss of muscle mass and strength, which can affect a person's energy and ability to perform daily activities. Maintaining muscle mass and strength reduces the risk of sarcopenia. The researchers found that increasing resistance exercise, through activities such as weight lifting, and increasing the daily intake of HMB (an amino acid metabolite that occurs naturally in muscle and is found in small amounts in some foods, such as avocado, grapefruit and catfish), protein and essential amino acids, all helped to improve muscle mass, strength, and function. "Most people think that sarcopenia only impacts people in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities, but these findings show that is simply not the case," said Robert H. Miller, Ph.D., Divisional Vice President, R&D, Scientific and Medical Affairs, at Abbott Nutrition. "That's why it's important for adults and physicians to take nutrition seriously and evaluate whether people are receiving the nutrients needed to maintain muscle health as they age."
Cruz-Jentoft AJ, Landi F, Schneider SM, et al. Prevalence of and interventions for sarcopenia in ageing adults: a systematic review. Report of the International Sarcopenia Initiative (EWGSOP and IWGS). Age Ageing. 2014, Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print].