Whether or not exercise and diet can prevent sarcopenia is questionable

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Losing between 30 to 50 per cent of muscle mass between the ages of 40 and 80 is a major health issue associated with ageing. It is frequently believed that exercising and keeping a healthy diet, respectively taking nutritional supplements may prevent sarcopenia. However, a meta-analysis published in “Clinical Interventions in Aging” did not come up with consistent evidence. More research was needed.

Researchers at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) mainly questioned the combined effects of exercise training and diet supplementation. After having screened 5,000 scientific articles on studies with men and women older than 65, in whom the effects of the combination of both methods were researched, 17 were included in the detailed analysis.

The analysis showed that the results varied and that no definite conclusions can be drawn. “Although some studies have found enhanced effects of exercise training when combined with diet supplementation, our review shows that current evidence is incomplete and inconsistent. Further research to determine the benefits of supplementation and exercise training for older people is therefore needed”, said study leader Sian Robinson.

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Prevention and optimal management of sarcopenia

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