LOVE THY MUSCLE :-)

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Providing the strength to stand, walk and pick things up, our skeletal muscle provides each of us with the physical freedom we enjoy.

Yet its erosion and the speed at which it occurs has a direct impact on how fast we age, as we move towards a sedentry lifestyle, frailty and the disability zone, a conditon now being refferred to as sarcopenia. 

Now it doesn’t matter whether your a king or queen, a billionaire or an average person like me, the speed at which we age is down to how fast we allow our skeletal muscle to erode besed on the physical and dietary decisions we make each day. 

So lets show our muscle some LOVE and work to protect it from erosion by lifting weights and consuming a diet sufficient in protein, at regular intervals throughout the day.

Join us for the next World Sarcopenia Day 06/21/2012. A campaign designed to get people to THINK MUSCLE! www.SarcopeniaDay.org

Stay strong! :-)

 

Grip strength: Grip strength can reflect overall muscle health – LATimes.com

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Getting a good grip on your health may mean … getting a good grip. The force you can muster when squeezing an object or a weight doesn’t only reveal how strong your hand and arm are. It can be a measure of overall muscle function and — according to one recent study — even portend how long you’re likely to live.

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Senior Citizens Suffer From ‘Tea and Toast Syndrome’

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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.

 

via issuelab.org

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Avoiding the F-word: frailty

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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

Synopsis

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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.

To listen to this program, please click here.