Longevity Briefs: Chronic inflammation may be associated with muscle loss

Posted on 20 October 2020

Longevity briefs provides a short summary of a novel research, medicine, or technology that caught the attention of our researchers in Oxford, due to its potential to improve our health, wellbeing, and longevity.

Why is this research important: Skeletal muscles play an important role in body homeostasis and their deterioration with age is associated with increased risks of bone fractures. Chronic inflammation is also linked to muscle loss. In order to facilitate early treatment better biomarkers of inflammation associated with muscle loss need to be discovered.

What did the researchers do: In this article, researches have conducted meta-analysis of 168 studies to find wether infllmation is accosiated with muscle loss and wehter any biomarkers indicate that.

Key takeaway(s) from this research: There is a correlation between inflammation and muscle loss, but it varies across different populations and sex. Increased blood levels of cytokines (proteins involved in immune response regulation) is associated with lower skeletal muscle strength and muscle mass, according to this study.

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