The process of aging is complex and it can lead to several muscular disorders. Some researchers have undertaken studies on this to find out how age can change the skeletal muscles and how vitamin E can be used to counteract those changes. The three types of muscles in the body are skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscles. All of these are voluntary and attached to our bones. Sarcopenia, or the loss of muscle strength and mass, is an effect that scientists have identified in skeletal muscle that comes from aging. Some of the causes of this that have been identified are due to impaired neuromuscular innervation, the transition of skeletal muscle fiber types, and reduced capacity of the muscles to regenerate themselves. These problems can be caused by chronic inflammation and infection in the body, oxidative stress due to the presence of free radicals in the cells, and due to the dysfunction of the mitochondria. In their research of current literature, they discovered that Vitamin E might be used to reduce or prevent sarcopenia. This is supported by several studies.
- The process of aging is complex and a biological process that is not easily understood. It can also lead to several muscular disorders.
- In coordination with scientists in Taiwan, scientists in the US have carried out studies on how aging affects the health of our skeletal muscles.
- Impaired neuromuscular innervation occurs when the nerves do not stimulate the nerves very well and when this happens the muscles degrade and lose mass.
“Our skeletal muscles are the most common of the three types of muscles in our body, the others being cardiac and smooth muscles. They are voluntary, meaning they are under our conscious control. They are attached to our bones and they allow the movement of our body parts.”