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Preventing and Treating Muscle Loss with Age

February 6, 2024   |   Lindsay Clarke   |   AIM (Aging In Motion), Sarcopenia, Nutrition

The Aging in Motion Campaign (AIM) hosted a webinar today on Preventing and Treating Muscle Loss with Age: Nutrition & Exercise for Health and Independence. There is clearly a lot of interest in this topic because we had more than 1,200 people register to hear from our experts.

  • Jack Guralnik, MD, MPH, PhD, shared information on what sarcopenia is, how muscle loss declines with age, what that means for health and independence, and how important it is that sarcopenia is watched for and discussed at healthcare visits.
  • Roger Fielding, PhD talked about the role of muscle in our health and independence, how our muscle health changes with age, how sarcopenia is detected and diagnosed, and the types of exercise that can help us maintain and restore our muscle health.
  • Susan Roberts, PhD spoke about nutrition and its impact on diseases like sarcopenia, how our nutritional needs change with age, and what we need to focus on for our muscle health.

There were great questions from the audience about the role of lean protein in promoting muscle health, medications that can increase or decrease muscle, if there’s a consensus on a definition of sarcopenia, how much strength training is enough, and more.

If you were unable to join us for the webinar, you can listen to the recording here.

Sarcopenia is a serious condition that becomes more common with age, causes loss of muscle mass and strength, and has a serious impact on health and independence. Sarcopenia can make you weaker, impact balance and ability to walk, weaken bones and lead to fractures, increase fatigue, raise the risk of disease, worsen existing conditions, cause weight gain, and raise the risk of malnutrition. You can also learn more about in our educational film Sarcopenia: Taking Charge of Your Muscle Health As You Age.

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