Senior Citizens Suffer From ‘Tea and Toast Syndrome’


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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IssueLab: Growing Older, Staying Strong: Preventing Sarcopenia Through Strength Training

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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Avoiding the F-word: frailty


Osteoporosis might be a household word, but hands up who’s heard of sarcopenia? Meaning muscle loss, sarcopenia is like the ugly sister of thinning bones: together they work to make us frail as we age. Although we’re told to keep our bones strong from the teenage years onwards to avoid broken bones in later life, health messages about maintaining muscle are about as loud as a whisper. But it’s often when muscles lose power and strength that we fall over and snap a bone.

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BBC – BBC Radio 4 Programmes – Frontiers, Muscle Wastage


Episode image for Muscle Wastage


We’re all familiar by now with being told to “use it or lose it” when it comes to certain aspects of our health and bodies, and never more so than for muscles.

But in this edition of Frontiers, Vivienne Parry hears how new research in to muscle wastage is turning the accepted view on its head.

Startling results from a large-scale study have seen elderly peoples’ muscles completely rebuilt through diet and exercise.

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A resistance to resistance training?


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.

Stay strong! :-)

Q: How tall does a tree grow?


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?