Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Participants wanted for muscle growth study

Resistance-based exercise is known to increase muscle size and strength. As we age, our muscles become less responsive to the beneficial effects of resistance exercise, which leads to decreases in muscle size and function; a phenomenon known as sarcopenia. As women generally have less muscle mass than men, symptoms of sarcopenia are often exacerbated and encumber independence. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have emerged with the potential to promote muscle growth especially when combined with resistance exercise. Omega-3 fatty acids have shown to be more efficacious for improving muscle function in older women than men of a similar age. However, the cellular mechanisms regulating these beneficial effects are unknown.

Key pieces of information about this study include:

  • 13 week study
  • Fish oil supplements provided free of charge
  • Measures of body composition
  • Fitness testing
  • Participants are paid for their time

To be eligible for this study, you must be:

  • Female
  • Post-menopausal
  • Age 50-65 years
  • Able to perform exercise (e.g. weights or cycling on an exercise bike)
  • Comfortable with blood collection

Please view the Participant Information Letter for further information.

For more information, contact:

Mr Bill Tachtsis
PhD student
0431 599 428

Miss Bridget Radford
Research assistant
03 9230 8284

Ethics approval 2017-10H

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