Affiliations: Z Li and D Heber are with the Center for Human Nutrition, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Sarcopenic obesity in the elderly and strategies for weight management
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2012
© 2012 International Life Sciences Institute
Volume 70, Issue 1, pages 57–64, January 2012
How to Cite
Li, Z. and Heber, D. (2012), Sarcopenic obesity in the elderly and strategies for weight management. Nutrition Reviews, 70: 57–64. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2011.00453.x
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2012
- weight management
Sarcopenia is a multifactorial age-related condition associated with a sedentary lifestyle and protein intakes during weight loss that are inadequate to maintain muscle mass. Sarcopenic obesity in the elderly is associated with a loss of independence and metabolic complications and represents a major public health challenge in individuals over the age of 65 years. It is likely that age-related losses of muscle mass and coincident increases in fat mass could be reduced through regular resistance exercise combined with adequate protein intake to maintain muscle mass. It has been established that increased protein intake will maintain muscle mass during calorie-restricted diets to a greater extent than usual protein intake. Other strategies, including the use of high-protein meal replacements or supplementation with specific ergogenic or branched-chain amino acids, may be beneficial.