News ArticleMuscle: ‘hard to build, easy to lose’ as you age

By | September 11, 2009

Have you ever noticed that people have thinner arms and legs as they get older? As we age it becomes harder to keep our muscles healthy. They get smaller, which decreases strength and increases the likelihood of falls and fractures. New research is showing how this happens — and what to do about it.

A team of Nottingham researchers has already shown that when older people eat, they cannot make muscle as fast as the young. Now they’ve found that the suppression of muscle breakdown, which also happens during feeding, is blunted with age.

The scientists and doctors at The University of Nottingham Schools of Graduate Entry Medicine and Biomedical Sciences believe that a ‘double whammy’ affects people aged over 65. However the team think that weight training may “rejuvenate” muscle blood flow and help retain muscle for older people.

via News ArticleMuscle: ‘hard to build, easy to lose’ as you age.

80 year old Ray Moon of Australia is “the oldest champion body builder” according to an article on thexodirectory. “Before becoming a champion bodybuilder, Ray has had polio, open heart surgery, suffered a cardiac arrest, was pronounced clinically dead and is even fitted with a pacemaker.

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