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Ergogenic aids for older adults
conference contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Vincent DalboVincent Dalbo, Aaron ScanlanAaron Scanlan
A primary characteristic of aging is a loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength. An unfortunate reality is that during the aging process there is a loss of muscle function and thus independence. Resistance exercise is an effective aid to help maintain skeletal muscle function with age; however, few people participate in resistance exercise. Fortunately, there are over-the-counter ergogenic aids that may help older adults maintain skeletal muscle mass and strength with age, particularly when consumed in conjunction with resistance exercise. Results from the current literature suggest the daily consumption of whey protein, leucine, and creatine may help older adults maintain skeletal muscle function in the latter portion of the lifespan and thus each has the potential to be a cost effective mechanism to increase the quality and duration of life in older adults.