19. Nutritional Approaches to Treating Sarcopenia

  1. Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft3 and
  2. John E. Morley4,5
  1. Douglas Paddon-Jones1 and
  2. Luc van Loon2

Published Online: 27 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118338032.ch19



How to Cite

Paddon-Jones, D. and van Loon, L. (2012) Nutritional Approaches to Treating Sarcopenia, in Sarcopenia (eds A. J. Cruz-Jentoft and J. E. Morley), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118338032.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Servicio de Geriatría, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain

  2. 4

    Division of Geriatric Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

  3. 5

    Division of Endocrinology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Human Movement Sciences, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119975878

Online ISBN: 9781118338032



  • nutritional approaches to treating sarcopenia;
  • sarcopenia, progressive, insidious, muscle mass loss after 30;
  • sarcopenic muscle loss in the elderly, continued failure in evidence-based care;
  • nutrition-focused sarcopenia, obstacles/opportunities;
  • adequate nutrition, for muscle mass/strength/functional capacity;
  • RDA adequacy for protein, topics of debate;
  • IOM's AMDR, flexibility with meal plan/individual need;
  • age on protein anabolism, and response to meals;
  • synergistic, physical/nutrition, on net muscle protein accretion;
  • protein/amino acid supplementation, in concert with exercise


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Adequacy of Current Dietary Protein Recommendations for Older Adults

  • The Effect of Age on Protein Anabolism in Response to Meals

  • Protein Quantity and Quality

  • Exercise and Nutrition

  • Dietary Supplementation as an Adjunct Treatment for Sarcopenia

  • Priority Areas for Targeted Nutrition Interventions

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgements

  • References