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A new cross-sectional study has found that increased vitamin B1 and B2 intakes significantly lowered the risk of sarcopenia in healthy US adults.

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Defined as the age-related progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength, sarcopenia begins as early as the fourth decade of life. By the eighth decade up to 50 percent of muscle mass can be lost. A major cause of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults, factors contributing to sarcopenia include neurological decline, hormonal changes, inflammation, declines in activity, chronic illness, and poor nutrition.

Published in the Frontiers in Nutrition journal, this latest study found that higher intakes of vitamin B1 were associated with a 22 percent lower sarcopenia risk. Higher intakes of vitamin B2 were associated with a 16 percent lower risk. Among males, each additional milligram of vitamin B1 intake showed a 28 percent reduction in risk. Among females, each additional milligram of vitamin B2 intake resulted in a 26 percent decrease in risk.

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