Electrical stimulation counteracts muscle atrophy associated with aging in humans
AbstractFunctional and structural muscle decline is a major problem during aging. Our goal was to improve in old subjects quadriceps m. force and mobility functional performances (stair test, chair rise test, timed up and go test) with neuromuscular electrical stimulation (9 weeks, 2-3times/week, 20-30 minutes per session). Furthermore we performed histological and biological molecular analyses of vastus lateralis m. biopsies. Our findings demonstrate that electrical stimulation significantly improved mobility functional performancies and muscle histological characteristics and molecular markers.
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Copyright (c) 2013 Helmut Kern, Stefan Loefler, Samantha Burggraf, Hannah Fruhmann, Jan Cvecka, Milan Sedliak, Laura Barberi, Manuela De Rossi, Antonio Musarò, Ugo Carraro, Simone Mosole, Sandra Zampieri
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