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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 06:07 AM

Texas A&M research team trying to slow the effects of aging

If seniors can retain and gain muscle mass, they can live longer, stay independent and better weather illnesses.

Helping them achieve that optimal state is a goal of Dr. Nicolaas Deutz of Texas A&M, who is utilizing cutting-edge protein research to treat everything from aging to cancer to cystic fibrosis. Deutz is part of the Dutch-based Translational Research in Aging and Longevity group, also known as TRAL, within the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M.

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Deutz said the nutrition research can be applied to treat various diseases. The group is developing nutritional supplements and exercise protocols to help treat loss of muscle mass, reduced function and mobility and decreased social interactions and depression, he said.

"One of the new studies we do is in patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy," he said. "They will lose weight. We will give these patients extra nutritional care with protein supplements so they will do better through chemotherapy, and maybe be able to do more chemotherapy to better their health."

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_b50a4b74-6f1d-5915-9b22-11b2378ce182.html

For ambitious DUers, please consider the field of translational medicine as a career option. Training in translational research methods is needed for clinicians, guideline writers, grant awarding bodies and policy makers.

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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 07:26 AM

1. I am having same results,,,

I think these people are on to something. I had a heart attack Sept, 2009. Had a stent put in. Lost weight from 226 down to 203 lbs. Utterly weak for months, all kind of pills, etc. In Fall of 2010 I started exercising very moderately. Walking more, swimming, light DB work. Began gaining weight.
I am now using DBs, Indian Clubs, a kettlebell, at home - and machines and barbells when available. I am not, at age 75, going for any big numbers, but increasing reps, sets, and weight in a progressive manner. It works. I feel good, have cut the meds way back, my Doctor is freaking out. I weigh 230 now for last three months and have lost from my waist. BP great, cholesterol low.
To my great surprise, some of the old muscularity is returning. (I was a lifter and wrestler when young). I am keeping photos and will put an article together down the road.

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