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Age related muscle loss – Sarcopenia

Age associated muscle loss also known as sarcopenia is characterised as a progressive loss of muscle mass and strength in the elderly. It is a syndrome that occurs with increasing age as a result of increasing inactivity and the consumption of insufficient amounts of dietary protein.

The current recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8g/kg/day, but almost 40% of people over the age of 70 do not meet this recommendation. Whey protein is a natural choice to fill this gap. Whey protein is of high quality with a high content of all essential amino acids and the branched-chain amino acids; leucine, isoleucine and valine, compared to other protein sources. Scientific evidence increasingly suggests whey protein may be used as a unique, high quality protein supplement to reverse sarcopenia during ageing. An intake of up to 1.3g protein/kg body weight/day in combination with exercise may help to counteract sarcopenia in the elderly.
Whey proteins have a unique stimulating effect on muscle protein synthesis in the elderly after exercise. This muscle-stimulating effect may be a valuable tool in the prevention of sarcopenia during ageing.

Related products: Lacprodan® ALPHA, whey protein isolates, whey protein concentrates and whey protein hydrolysates.

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