In women, higher body fat may protect against heart disease death, study shows

A new UCLA study shows that while men and women who have high muscle mass are less likely to die from heart disease, it also appears that women who have higher levels of body fat — regardless of their muscle mass — have a greater degree of protection than women with less fat.

JNCCN: New Evidence on Need to Address Muscle Health among Patients with Cancer

Results of new study in JNCCN from Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute underscore the need for the development and testing of nutrition and fitness interventions, as muscle quality significantly correlates with symptom burden, healthcare utilization, and survival.

Maternal Obesity May Cause Impaired Fetal Muscle Development and Metabolic Disorder

Article title: An obesogenic maternal environment impairs mouse growth patterns, satellite cell activation and markers of post-natal myogenesis Authors: Jasmine Mikovic, Camille R. Brightwell, Angus Lindsay, Yuan Wen, Greg Kowalski, Aaron P. Russell, Christopher S. Fry,  Séverine Lamon From the authors:…

Does Leucine Supplementation Contribute to Muscle Growth in Exercising, Healthy Adults?

Protein intake and resistance exercise are the cornerstone to muscle growth. Following protein ingestion, increased blood and/or intramuscular leucine concentration is considered the main nutrient-derived driver of muscle protein synthesis, leading to a speculation that leucine supplementation could improve muscle…

Protein Intake, Physical Function in Older Adults Differs Dramatically by Ethnicity/Race

A cross-sectional study examined differences in protein intake, nutritional status, and physical health (muscle strength and function) among older African Americans, European Americans and Hispanic Americans. The study is the first to evaluate these physical health indicators in association with protein intake among different racial/ethnic groups. A contributing factor to the age-related changes in muscle is insufficient protein intake by older adults. Findings highlight the need for further education and evidence-based interventions to support this vulnerable population.