Study Explores The Implications of Physical Inactivity In The Aging Population
Research Center: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas, USA.
Location: 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555, USA
Lead Doctor: Dr. Elena Volpi MD, PhD
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Texas Department of State Health Institutional Review Board
Physical inactivity, such as bed rest, is one of the major causes of Sarcopenia, the rapid loss of muscle mass in older adults. While bed rest may be effective to regain health and comfort from an illness or condition, it is also one of the major causes of strength and functional decline in seniors, increasing the risk of falls, fractures, and inability to perform daily activities without aid.
The purpose of the study is to identify the causes that accelerate the loss of muscle mass and function after a short-term bed rest, a time frame that is modeled after what some may experience during a short hospitalization.
This study seeks healthy men and women ages 60-85 years old. Participants are required to attend an approximately 9-day study which entails: 2 clinic visits and one 7-day in-clinic admission where 5 of those days will require them to be in complete bed rest. (i.e. you cannot leave the research site during this time). Your participation in this research will last for approximately 3 weeks.
- You may help prevent and treat accelerated loss of muscle mass and help find methods for older adults to maintain their physical independence.
- You will be helping researchers to potentially discover treatments for those who have experience a period of physical inactivity (such as bed rest or hospitalization).
- You will be compensated $1,050 for completing this study
- You will be helping to advance medical research.
- If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
- Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.
- Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.
Who Can Participate?
- Healthy men and women aged 60-85
- Volunteers must be able to perform daily activities with minimal to no assistance needed.
- Participants must not have diabetes.
- Able to attend an approximately 9-day study which entails: 2 clinic visits and one 7-day in-clinic admission where 5 of those days will require you to be in complete bed rest. (i.e. you cannot leave the research site during this time). Your participation in this research will last for approximately 3 weeks.