A gal who booked an Info Session last night asked me what causes the "muscle wasting" (aka Sarcopenia) she is experiencing, and I had to tell her I didn't know, but I'd look it up.
Well, I just looked it up... and it appears to come from a lack of protein, lack of exercise, oxidative stress, and, inflammation... all of which a person with cirrhosis has, do a large degree. See yellow highlights below. I got a little freaked out when I first did a search on this, as I saw several articles on the first page of google that seemed to indicate that, when a person starts losing muscle mass, they seem to have a higher death rate. I didn't know this until today.
From THIS PAGE (full article pasted at the bottom of this post)
The good news is, the Detox Water definitely helps at least one of these factors (in a big way), and also when my husband had cirrhosis back in 2011, he did have the muscle wasting and seemed to be able to turn it around with extreme nutrition, using Visalus products. You don't have to use Visalus, you can buy supplements on your own, but it's easy to "OD" on supplements when you're taking a whole bunch of different pills, and in a million years I would never know how to get the combination of things right. Somehow they seem to have figured out what is the ideal combination of things to really help the liver (there are over 30 things in Visalus vitamins that are really good for people with cirrhosis).
With any vitamins or supplements, you do have to be careful and monitor yourself when you add anything new to your diet. Something that doesn't make an average person sick can make a person with cirrhosis sick, because your liver has lost it's ability to process just about everything, including nutrients. But I can tell you that my husband had extremely good luck taking Visalus in 2011, he seemed to bounce back really well, and that's just about all he did at that time, in terms of "alternative" methods (in addition to the diuretics and digoxin his doctors gave him).
From THIS PAGE....
And, from THIS PAGE...
WHAT IS SARCOPENIA?
Loss of muscle mass, strength and function
- hormone levels change
- protein requirements alter
- motor neurons die
- and we tend to become more sedentary
Prevention and treatment
1. Brink W (2007) Preventing Sarcopenia. LifeExtension Magazine
2. Mithal A, Bonjour J-P, Boonen S, Burckhardt P, Degens H, El Hajj Fuleihan G, Josse R, Lips P, Morales Torres J, Rizzoli R, Yoshimura N, Wahl D.A., Cooper C, Dawson-Hughes B(2011) Impact of nutrition on muscle strength and performance in older adults. Osteoporosis International (in press)
3. Castillo EM, Goodman-Gruen D, Kritz-Silverstein D, Morton DJ, Wingard DL, Barrett-Connor E (2003) Sarcopenia in elderly men and women - The Rancho Bernardo Study. Am J Prev Med 25: 226-231
4. Volpi, E, Nazemi R, Fujita S, (2004) Muscle tissue changes with aging. Curr Opin Nutr Metab Care July, 7(4):405-410
5. Sarcopenia: European consensus on definition and diagnosis, Report of the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People," Age and Ageing Advance Access originally published online on April 13, 2010, Age and Ageing 2010 39(4):412-423
From THIS PAGE...
Hope this helps!