Protein and Skeletal Muscle Health Presentation

Originally Published: September 8, 2014
Last Updated: March 10, 2021

“Protein in Support of Skeletal Muscle Health” was presented at the 2014 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar by Professor Stuart M. Phillips Ph.D., FACSM, FACN, Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Metabolism Research Group, McMaster University, Canada & Visiting Professor, School of Exercise, Sport Science, and Health, Loughborough University, UK.

Abstract: Athletes, both elite and “weekend” warriors seek to maximize the benefits of their workouts. Certain strategies have been shown to be effective and one backed by much support is the use of protein to augment muscle mass gains and likely to aid in muscle repair. Evidence-based guidelines will be reviewed and the science of mechanisms underpinning the actions of these proteins will also be covered. Additionally, populations are aging both in North America and worldwide. While some seek longevity, most would be happy in older age with a good quality of life. The ethos of good quality of life is based in a healthy mind and a healthy body and the ability to move; the two are not mutually exclusive! This presentation will discuss how age-related declines in muscle mass (myopenia) and strength (dynapenia) can be alleviated and how this can improve a number of other markers of health.

Excerpt from the written summary of this presentation: Muscle loss with aging (sarcopenia) is an important issue. Studies show that maintenance of muscle mass and strength can reduce risk for chronic health problems and is accomplished by the elderly through exercise and protein in support of skeletal muscle health.

“If strength is a function of skeletal muscle mass, then the data suggests two things. The greater strength/muscle mass means reduced risk for death, all-cause or cancer-related, especially for those over 60 years of age. And, aging people need to practice strategies to retain muscle, such as physical activity and adequate (spaced and timed) high-quality protein,” explained Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D., at McMaster University.

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