October, 2012 Issue

Protein Preserves your Muscles

Prevent age-related muscle loss by eating protein-rich foods, such as lean meat, fish, soy, eggs, and nuts.

Some muscle mass loss with aging is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to end up with sarcopenia, a condition in which loss of muscle mass is associated with a decline in muscle function, according to Roger Fielding, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory under the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. Not surprisingly, experts advise adequate protein intake as part of a balanced diet and exercise, with a focus on strength training, to manage or prevent sarcopenia. Is avoiding sarcopenia that simple? To find out, EN explores the science behind muscle mass and function loss, and provides the answers to your questions about how you can preserve your muscles as you age.

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