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April 20, 2014   

Aging Men Can Boost Muscle Mass

Darren Candow
August 04, 2005

Kinesiology graduate student Darren Candow’s research has found that older individuals can experience significant gains in muscle mass and strength when they ingest dietary creatine and protein, easily found in red meat and seafood. Candow’s results have immediate application for health and research professional for the design of optimal exercise interventions which emphasize creatine and protein on training days to maximize muscle mass and strength.

In his study, Candow recruited 35 men between the ages of 59 and 77 to drink a specially formulated shake before lifting weights three days a week. One group took creatine, a naturally occurring substance that's marketed as a dietary supplement for athletes and bodybuilders. Another group took extra protein. A third group had both creatine and protein in their shakes and a fourth group had only sugar. Neither Candow nor the athletes knew what additives their shakes contained. In an interview with the Star Phoenix, Candow said his results give hope to older adults who want to regain muscle or avoid losing strength.

Candow has presented his findings at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Conference in Saskatoon in fall, 2004, at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Nashville, TN and at the Canadian Federation of Biological Sciences Conference in Guelph, Ontario last month (June, 2005).

Darren is also a member of the Aging Research Group at the U of S.  The group is one of five new human health research groups established through a funding partnership between the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Saskatchewan universities.  The funding program encourages health researchers from a variety of disciplines to form research groups, thereby increasing U of S research intensity.

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