Sarcopenia - RD195


by Jennifer Koslo, PhD, RDN, CSSD, ACE-CPT
(4.2 / 16 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (7.00 CPEU)

Price: $99.00
CE-PRO Price: $49.50


Sarcopenia is not just a disease of the elderly. Muscle loss begins at about age 40, and prevention is the key to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle long into retirement. Sarcopenia has consequences for physical function and mobility, affecting a person’s energy needs and the ability to perform daily activities. Emerging evidence suggests that early intervention through a diet adequate in protein distributed evenly throughout the day in conjunction with a regular program of resistance training are essential behaviors that can counter many of the effects of sarcopenia. This course will define the scope of the problem, the etiology of sarcopenia and the effects of aging on protein muscle metabolism. What should become clear is that anyone — at any age — can and should exercise to maintain muscle mass and prevent sarcopenia. The earlier an individual starts exercising, the better.


The goal of this sarcopenia course is to present current evidence on how sarcopenia develops and the role of resistance exercise and protein intake in preventing muscle loss. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the etiology of sarcopenia
  • Discuss the effects of aging on muscle metabolism and muscle action
  • Explain how sarcopenia affects the elderly as well as younger people
  • Describe how protein intake affects muscle metabolism in the elderly
  • Discuss the effects of exercise on the preservation of muscle mass in the elderly
  • Describe how the brain and nervous system become less responsive with age and how that is involved in the development of sarcopenia
  • Explain how illness and inflammation affect muscle mass
  • Provide recommendations to adults and older adults for protein intake to offset the effects of sarcopenia
  • List resistance exercises for adults and older adults to prevent and treat sarcopenia
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Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes: 3000, 3090, 4000,  5000 and performance indicators 8.1.1, 8.1.5, 8.2.4,  10.1.2. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 1/1/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/17/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/30/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Nancy S - Noblesville, IN  ·  Aug 09, 2019
Liked the ability to print the pdf & read as time permitted. Found the content to be helpful in working with a population that is primarily 60+ years of age
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Kathryn C - Hewitt, TX  ·  Jul 07, 2018
Well written and great information.
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Renee C - Phoenix, AZ  ·  Apr 11, 2018
Enjoyed and learned a lot from the information that was provided
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Connie M - Peachtree City , GA  ·  Mar 30, 2018
It provided specific protein and resistance exercise recommendations to improve muscle mass in people over 50 which can improve their ability to maintain abilities and independence.
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Amanda H - Harrisburg, PA  ·  Jan 29, 2018
Very informative, educational. A video may have been a little easier to process and retain. I am a visual person so that is just my opinion/
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Price: $99.00
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