Thursday, May 5, 2011

Resistance Training Is an Effective Tool against Metabolic and Frailty Syndromes

The evidence is overwhelming in support of the benefits of strength training towards many health related lifestyle diseases. This paper review the value of resistance training in managing and improving metabolic syndrome, and associated frailty issues. I always like reading reviews and this one is no exception. Whilst it saves a lot of time in reading and digesting large numbers of papers, there are always a few things to consider when reading reviews.
A key thing to consider is the number of papers included in the review and the dates of these papers used in the review. In this issue there are 45 papers and most have only been published in the last 5-7 years. So that's all good news, however the review was much shorter than I felt was worthy of such a topic given the current volume of information available towards this area of research.

Typically researchers and authors from outside the field of strength training come up short when they start to discuss the actual mode of training and the program variables. The section 3 in this review was the section which failed to fully address and provide information of value to those with previous strength training experience. The use of 1RM testing to determine intensity is well known yet to utilise this form of testing in people with metabolic syndrome or frailty issues would be impractical as many strength coaches and personal trainers would know. However you can develop your own opinion of the programs shown in this paper for yourself.

In general the paper highlights key research and again reinforces the value of resistance training and with continued reviews and research such as this we can expect resistance training to gain credibility and imprtance in preventing and managing lifestyle related diseases. Click on the link to read the full article.

Metabolic syndrome is a set of risk factors (abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, and dyslipidemia) which increases markedly the risk of arteriosclerotic vascular disease. In subjects with frailty syndrome, aging-related loss of muscle (sarcopenia) and bone (osteoporosis) might progress to the extent that an older person loses his or her ability to live independently. Due to ongoing obesity pandemic and growing elderly population, metabolic and frailty syndromes are major emerging concerns in healthcare system. Recent studies show that resistance training has remarkable beneficial e
training should be a central component of public health promotion programs along an aerobic exercise.
ffects on the musculoskeletal system including prevention and treatment of these syndromes. Resistance training has favourable effect on metabolic syndrome since it decreases fat mass including abdominal fat. It also enhances insulin sensitivity, improves glucose tolerance, and reduces blood pressure values. The combination of sarcopenia and osteoporosis is often seen in the frailty syndrome. Resistance training is probably the most effective measure to prevent and treat sarcopenia. In addition, many studies show that resistance training can maintain or even increase bone mineral density. Optimal nutrition enhances the anabolic effect of resistance training. Resistance

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