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Fitness Trainer October/November 2016

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r. Robert Drapkin knows a thing or two about aging. However, the 70-year-old doctor and bodybuilder also seems to know how to out-train this natural occurrence. In other words, Drapkin has found a way to build lean muscle mass in a demographic (those 55 years of age and older) that is naturally at risk of muscle mass loss and function, a condition known as age- related sarcopenia or sarcopenia with aging; while addressing additional ageing factors in the process. "Cells are genetically programmed to divide a number of times. An aging cell loses the ability to divide and dies," Drapkin explains. "Cells collec- tively make up tissues and organs, and these tissues and organs function only as well as their component cells." According to Drapkin, it's difficult to define the "aging" process as distinct from disease or identifi- able pathologic processes that can occur at any age. We do not exactly know what causes aging in every adult, but researchers have collected a significant amount of data to help explain some of the changes that occur as we age. There are six common changes that occur as your body ages from 40 to 60 plus years of age—in D How a 70-year-olD Doctor out-traineD aging.

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