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Old 08-31-2010, 12:26 AM   #1
Katherine Derbyshire
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/he.../31muscle.html (WFS)

Short summary of new research into sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass and tone with age.

Key takeway: Yet another way that exercise and strength training can improve quality of life. No matter how good your cholesterol numbers are, being unable to walk down the driveway safely can still land you in a nursing home.

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Old 08-31-2010, 05:59 AM   #2
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/he.../31muscle.html (WFS)

Short summary of new research into sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass and tone with age.

Key takeway: Yet another way that exercise and strength training can improve quality of life. No matter how good your cholesterol numbers are, being unable to walk down the driveway safely can still land you in a nursing home.

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Interesting. Thanks for posting.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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Reminds me of Coach's classic scenario, the 75yo man with perfect cholesterol, BP perfect, no medications, and yet he was too decrepit to lift himself off the toilet...

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Old 08-31-2010, 10:58 AM   #4
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Reminds me of Coach's classic scenario, the 75yo man with perfect cholesterol, BP perfect, no medications, and yet he was too decrepit to lift himself off the toilet...

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Yup. I have a family member in a similar situation: excellent health, but falls down and breaks things due to weak legs and core.

Makes smoke come out of my ears every time some fitness "personality" says women shouldn't have muscles.

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Old 08-31-2010, 12:01 PM   #5
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Yup. I have a family member in a similar situation: excellent health, but falls down and breaks things due to weak legs and core.
That, arguably, isn't excellent health.

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Old 08-31-2010, 12:05 PM   #6
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That, arguably, isn't excellent health.

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I agree, but how often do doctors discuss strength with their patients? Even the ones who can barely get onto the exam table.

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Old 08-31-2010, 12:40 PM   #7
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I agree, but how often do doctors discuss strength with their patients? Even the ones who can barely get onto the exam table.

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Totally agree. Not nearly often enough.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:19 PM   #8
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Maybe I am wrong, but wouldn't strength be a greater concern for women. Osteoporosis, lack of testosterone, hormonal imbalances. Its obviously harder for them to put on muscle, but maintaining seems like it would be harder.

Personally, when I see a skinny girl I am scared for them. it looks as if they are going to get hurt. If not now, soon enough.
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Old 09-01-2010, 06:19 AM   #9
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Maybe I am wrong, but wouldn't strength be a greater concern for women. Osteoporosis, lack of testosterone, hormonal imbalances. Its obviously harder for them to put on muscle, but maintaining seems like it would be harder.

Personally, when I see a skinny girl I am scared for them. it looks as if they are going to get hurt. If not now, soon enough.
The only reason its a "bigger" concern, is because society doesn't really encourage women to even HAVE muscle. But, it's just as big as a concern for a skinny dude as well.
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Interesting. Thanks for posting.
Disappointing actually. Midway through the article is this:

"Experts say the best approach to restoring or maintaining muscle mass
and strength is exercise, particularly resistance training."

And the last paragraph: "Maintaining the muscle is possible,...We just donít know the right formula...yet.Ē

And the rest of the article talks about how drug companies are trying to formulate "a drug" to treat sarcopenia. "DRUG" is used in the article nearly a dozen times! "EXERCISE" is only mentioned twice.
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