Sunday, 14 September 2014

muscle strength and older people

As people age muscle strength can decline with adverse effects not just on health but on how people find it difficult to enjoy life. The inability to get around easily or even do simple activities like getting up and down stairs has a major impact.

A study conducted by Deakin University in Australia, found that a protein rich diet incorporating lean red meat, combined with strength training, improved the size and strength of muscles in elderly women.      

Researchers considered that the combination of  protein from sources such as red meat ( beef, lamb and pork) and strength training was effective in reducing the impact of age-related muscle loss on the risk of falls as well as boosting the ability of elderly people to undertake day-to-day activities such as getting out of a chair.

All too often considerations of muscle strength focus on the diet of young people particularly those interested in fitness. Yet it also has a major impact for older people which is important.

There is good information on the studies on the following website

Saturday, 6 September 2014


I am speaking at an event on vitamins at the Royal Society of Public Health

Enigmatic essentials–the history and future of vitamins
16 October 2014
This enjoyable and informative evening event, led by nutritional expert Dr. Mabel Blades and public health epidemiologist Dr. Rosalind Stanwell-Smith, will include intriguing tales from the history of vitamins and an overview 
of recent research. 

please go to the RSPH for more information