Sarcopenia Day – 21st June 2011.

The first official Sarcopenia Day is scheduled for the 21st June 2011. 

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About Sarcopenia

Coined in the 1980′s to help focus funding from the United States congress, sarcopenia (pronounced Sarko-peen-Ya) describes the gradual erosion of lean muscle and weakening of the human body.

Despite being named by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as one of the top five biggest health risks facing the US population and healthcare costs estimated to be $11.8 – $26.2 billion in the USA alone, sarcopenia still remains widely unknown outside of professional medical circles. 

Proposed as a global event, Sarcopenia Day will help raise awareness of a condition whose impact will be felt by every man and women and provide advice on how best we can delay its onset by preserving our strength and ability to exercise through the physical and dietary choices we make today.

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Sarcopenia featured on Argentina’s C5N

Argentina’s C5N news channel has broadcast an eight minute segment on Sarcopenia.

Marking the first major coverage of sarcopenia by a national broadcaster, Argentina’s obesity specialist Dr Cormillot took viewers through what sarcopenia is and how best they can delay its onset through a series of resistance training exercises.

For the complete broadcast see below:

United Nations and USDA go veggie

Following the announcement from the United Nations that we should move towards a meat and dairy free diet, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is also recommending a shift towards a plant based diet of vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds.

Developed in the 1980′s the food pyramid has provided American’s with their principal dietary guidelines, leading some to argue that it has been the over promotion of a carbohydrate based diet that has helped fuel the obesity crisis. 

In its first major overhaul in 30 years the USDA is demonstrating an immediate desire to stem its populations soaring obesity levels, which the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recently estimated could be costing as much as $147 billion per year.

“With two-thirds of U.S. adults overweight or obese, the aim is to help people cut calories while getting the right nutrients,” Rear Admiral Penelope Slade-Sawyer of the Health and Human Services Department told reporters in a telephone briefing. 

“This report is unprecedented in addressing the obesity epidemic… and the obesity epidemic is the single biggest threat to public health,” Slade Sawyer said.

Uniquely positioned to influence the lives and actions of millions of people, the UN and USDA recommendations are not just a welcoming stance against obesity, but provide an equally important benefit to the environment and our planets already over stretched resources. 

Some food for thought:  

·      Over 10 billion animals are killed each year in the USA alone. 

·      It takes 10000 gallons of water to produce just one pound of meat. 

·      Meat production generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars, trucks, planes and ships in the world combined.

It seems, that with the concept of going green now permeating our food choices the message is becoming increasingly clear… Go-green-or-go-bust!

The USDA guidelines, which are due to be published at the end of the year, are now open for public consultation until July 15th. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so by clicking here

Previous USDA food pyramids. 




Sarcopenia – a comparison

Here is a cross sectional electronic resonance image (MRI) of a 25 and 65 year old with a similar BMI. 

While both thighs look volumetrically similar, note the increased level of fat in the lower image of the 65 year old.

When looking at these images I can’t help thinking of comparing cuts of meat at the local butchers and seeing one as the potentially unhealthy choice? 


Sarcopenia linked to type 2 diabetes

Ground breaking research at the University of California and Los Angeles (UCLA), has shown that low skeletal muscle (sarcopenia) increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.


To gauge the effect of sarcopenia on insulin resistance and blood glucose levels in both obese and non-obese people, UCLA researchers performed a cross-sectional analysis of data on 14,528 people from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III.

They found that sarcopenia was associated with insulin resistance in both obese and non-obese individuals. It was also associated with high blood-sugar levels in obese people but not in thin people. These associations were stronger in people under age 60 years, in whom sarcopenia was associated with high levels of blood sugar in both obese and thin people, and with diabetes in obese individuals. 

Sarcopenia, independent of obesity is associated with adverse glucose metabolism, and the association is strongest in individuals under the age of 60, suggesting that a low muscle mass may be an early indicator of diabetes susceptibility. 

Researchers, concluded that given the prevalence of obesity, further research is urgently needed to develop interventions to prevent sarcopenic obesity and its metabolic consequences.