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The effects of age on skeletal muscle and the phosphocreatine energy system : can creatine supplementation help older adults

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Vincent Dalbo, M Roberts, C Lockwood, Patrick Tucker, R Kreider, C Kerksick
Creatine supplementation has been found to significantly increase muscle strength and hypertrophy in young adults (≤ 35 yr) particularly when consumed in conjunction with a resistance training regime. Literature examining the efficacy of creatine supplementation in older adults (55-82 yr) suggests creatine to promote muscle strength and hypertrophy to a greater extent than resistance training alone. The following is a review of literature reporting on the effects of creatine supplementation on intramuscular high energy phosphates, skeletal muscle morphology and quality of life in older adults. Results suggest creatine supplementation to be a safe, inexpensive and effective nutritional intervention, particularly when consumed in conjunction with a resistance training regime, for slowing the rate of muscle wasting that is associated with aging. Physicians should strongly consider advising older adults to supplement with creatine and to begin a resistance training regime in an effort to enhance skeletal muscle strength and hypertrophy, resulting in enhanced quality of life.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

8

Issue

6

Start Page

1

End Page

11

Number of Pages

11

ISSN

1471-8219

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

BioMed Central

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Texas A & M University; University of Oklahoma;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Dynamic medicine.