Rasmus Leidesdorff Bechshøft 1 , 2 , Søren Reitelseder 1 , 2 , Grith Højfeldt 1 , Josué Leonardo Castro-Mejía 3 , Bekzod Khakimov 3 , Hajar Fauzan Bin Ahmad 3 , Michael Kjær 1 , Søren Balling Engelsen 3 , Susanne Margrete Bølling Johansen 3 , Morten Arendt Rasmussen 3 , 4 , 5 , Aske Juul Lassen 6 , Tenna Jensen 6 , Nina Beyer 7 , Anja Serena 8 , Frederico Jose Armando Perez-Cueto 3 , Dennis Sandris Nielsen 3 , Astrid Pernille Jespersen 5 , Lars Holm , 1 , 2
9 August 2016
Aging is associated with decreased muscle mass and functional capacity, which in turn decrease quality of life. The number of citizens over the age of 65 years in the Western world will increase by 50 % over the next four decades, and this demographic shift brings forth new challenges at both societal and individual levels. Only a few longitudinal studies have been reported, but whey protein supplementation seems to improve muscle mass and function, and its combination with heavy strength training appears even more effective. However, heavy resistance training may reduce adherence to training, thereby attenuating the overall benefits of training. We hypothesize that light load resistance training is more efficient when both adherence and physical improvement are considered longitudinally. We launched the interdisciplinary project on Counteracting Age-related Loss of Skeletal Muscle Mass (CALM) to investigate the impact of lifestyle changes on physical and functional outcomes as well as everyday practices and habits in a qualitative context.
We will randomize 205 participants older than 65 years to be given 1 year of two daily nutrient supplements with 10 g of sucrose and 20 g of either collagen protein, carbohydrates, or whey. Further, two groups will perform either heavy progressive resistance training or light load training on top of the whey supplement.
The primary outcome of the CALM Intervention Study is the change in thigh cross-sectional area. Moreover, we will evaluate changes in physical performance, muscle fiber type and acute anabolic response to whey protein ingestion, sensory adaptation, gut microbiome, and a range of other measures, combined with questionnaires on life quality and qualitative interviews with selected subjects. The CALM Intervention Study will generate scientific evidence and recommendations to counteract age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass in elderly individuals.
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