SANTA MONICA, Calif.,
Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Elderly people who live on their own that don’t prepare whole meals or don’t know how tend to dwindle their intake to “tea and toast” at the expense of vital nutrients and their health, according to an article published in the February issue of Food Nutrition & Science.
According to Nutritionist Ellie Wilson, MS, RD of Price Chopper Supermarkets, “Tea and Toast Syndrome” leads to reduced calories and a gradual loss of wellness and muscle due to poor protein intake. Wilson says research is showing that snacking may be a great way for seniors to meet their needs.
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Sarcopenia is a significant yet overlooked problem in the older
population. Analogous to the loss of bone mass commonly known
as osteoporosis, sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass, which results in
the loss of strength.
Like osteoporosis, sarcopenia can have devastating
consequences for an older individual, who can experience difficulty
bathing, dressing, or other daily activities. Sarcopenia puts older
persons at risk of sustaining a fall or simply being unable to care
for themselves. Ultimately, this may require nursing home care.
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When I mention resistance training, people often think of body builders with huge muscles bulging and popping from everywhere, but does the world of cast iron and steel hold the key to a stronger, longer and more robust quality of life?
As the engine of the human body, our skeletal muscle provides us with the strength and physical freedom we each enjoy, but having evolved for an environment quite different to the one we live today, our muscular structures are under threat from this world of automation and over-mechanization.
While body builders take the art of resistance training to the extreme, we need to think of lifting weights as the means to artificially replicate the stresses and strains that our body’s where designed for.
Thus by preserving our strength and physical function, we can delay the impact of sarcopenia and postpone our entry into a sedentary lifestyle, frailty and the disability zone.
about sarcopenia. The ‘word’ is getting out there
A: As tall as it possibly can…
Yet the human body, from the moment it reaches full maturity, begins a gradual yet steadfast decline towards the end of its lifespan - and no where is this decline more evident than in the erosion of skeletal muscle and physical strength.
A condition now being referred to as sarcopenia…
As your muscle erodes you become weaker, as you become weaker you lose the ability to exercise, as you lose the ability to exercise you enter a sedentary lifestyle, and along the road to frailty and entry into the disability zone
It seems that our body ‘unlearns’ its physical ability as it goes from being physically dependent upon our parents to once again relying on someone else for its ability to move about?