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Sarcopenic obesity in the elderly and strategies for weight management

Zhaoping Li, David Heber
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2011.00453.x 57-64 First published online: 1 January 2012

Abstract

Sarcopenia is a multifactorial age-related condition associated with a sedentary lifestyle and protein intakes during weight loss that are inadequate to maintain muscle mass. Sarcopenic obesity in the elderly is associated with a loss of independence and metabolic complications and represents a major public health challenge in individuals over the age of 65 years. It is likely that age-related losses of muscle mass and coincident increases in fat mass could be reduced through regular resistance exercise combined with adequate protein intake to maintain muscle mass. It has been established that increased protein intake will maintain muscle mass during calorie-restricted diets to a greater extent than usual protein intake. Other strategies, including the use of high-protein meal replacements or supplementation with specific ergogenic or branched-chain amino acids, may be beneficial.

  • elderly
  • obesity
  • sarcopenia
  • weight management
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