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Sarcopenia--exercise as a treatment strategy.
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PMID:  16525526     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia, the age related decline in muscle mass, is associated with a reduction in muscle function, physical performance, quality of life, and loss of independence. Exercise, specifically resistance (weight) training, has been shown to be an effective countermeasure, arresting decline and substantially improving physical function. OBJECTIVE: This article reviews the prevalence of sarcopenia, underlying processes, and the role of exercise as a treatment strategy. Practical guidelines are provided for prescribing exercise to older patients. DISCUSSION:The aging neuromuscular system is highly responsive to resistance training. Resistance can be applied using specialised weight training machines, elastic bands, objects around the home, or body weight. Training once or twice a week targeting the major muscle groups at moderate intensity is sufficient for improvement.
Dennis R Taaffe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian family physician     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0300-8495     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-09     Completed Date:  2006-05-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0326701     Medline TA:  Aust Fam Physician     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  130-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Human Movement Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Queensland.
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MeSH Terms
Body Composition
Exercise Therapy*
Frail Elderly
Muscular Atrophy / epidemiology,  physiopathology,  prevention & control*,  rehabilitation
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Quality of Life
Weight Lifting

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