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Muscle Mass: A Factor in Healing

Air Date: 11/27/18
Duration: 14:57
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Suzette Pereira, PhD, Research Scientist & Muscle Health Expert at Abbott
Dr. Suzette PereiraSuzette Pereira is an associate research fellow at Abbott, leading studies focused on muscle health and muscle loss due to aging. 

Her research is focused on evaluating nutritional therapies that can prevent muscle and strength declines due to sarcopenia, hospitalization and chronic diseases. She has led preclinical studies to identify key ingredients (such as HMB) that can prevent muscle wasting.  Her current work is focused on translating the findings from preclinical studies to human clinical studies to help improve nutritional products for adults.

Over the last 12 years at Abbott, Suzette has led several collaborations with scientific key opinion leaders, business partners and across Abbott. She currently serves as the Abbott representative to the ‘FNIH- Sarcopenia Biomarker Consortium’, a group dedicated to developing a consensus definition of Sarcopenia and driving awareness.

Prior to joining Abbott, Suzette obtained her PhD and carried out post-doctoral research in the department of Microbiology at the Ohio State University. She has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and routinely presents her research at national and international scientific conferences. She is also a co-inventor on over 80 filed patents.
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Muscle mass may be a reliable factor in evaluating current health and predicting future wellness.

Those with low muscle mass are at risk of more difficulty healing, longer hospital stays and lower physical function after surgery.

Body mass index (BMI) is a better indicator of body volume. The problem is that it doesn’t differentiate muscle from fat.

It’s critical to build strong muscle mass. There is a correlation between your grip strength and your overall muscle health. Slowed movement suggests you may be losing muscle. Resistance exercises at least three times a week benefit muscles and bone density.

Listen as Dr. Suzette Pereira joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the importance of improving your muscle mass.

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