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08 Jun 2012 - 01:39:30 pm

A Few Facts About Creatine and Sarcopenia

Creatine has been confirmed to increase strength and muscle mass in young people in practically hundreds of scientific studies by now. Of course, there was scant data analyzing its effects on older people until more recently.

First, learn - what is creatine.

Some of the greatest threats to an aging adultís ability to stay healthy is the steady reduction of lean body weight (muscles and bones in specific) as they age. The clinical term for the loss of muscle is sarcopenia, and itís going to get the respect it deserves by the medical and scientific community. For years, that community has focused on the weakening of bones (osteoporosis) of aging men and women but paid little attention to the loss of muscle mass which effects a personís ability to be truly useful as they age as much - if not more so, then a loss of bone weight.

What defines sarcopenia from a medical point of view?

Sarcopenia can be described as the age-associated loss of muscle mass, energy and functionality. One specific thing is actually clear: itís much easier, much less expensive, and more useful to avoid sarcopenia, or at least dramatically slow its progression, then it is to treat it later in life. Sarcopenia in most cases appears after age of 40 and increases soon after the age of almost 75. Although sarcopenia is mostly seen in physically inactive men and women, it is also generally found in individuals who stay physically active throughout the time of their lives. Thus, itís clear that although physical function is very important, physical inactivity is not the only contributing factor to sarcopenia. Just like osteoporosis, sarcopenia is a complex process that may include decreased hormone levels (in particular, growth hormone, IGF-1, and testosterone), a lack of necessary protein and calories in the diet program, oxidative stress, inflamation related processes, as well as the decreasing activity of motor nerve cells.

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