Hope on the Horizon for Aging Population: Bioelectric Breakthrough Reverses Muscle Aging

By: | September 25th, 2023

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Sarcopenia is indeed a significant public health concern, particularly among the aging population. It’s estimated that up to 16% of the aging population worldwide is affected by sarcopenia.

No Specific cure available to halt its progression.

This condition is characterized by the loss of muscle mass, strength, and function that occurs with advancing age. It can also lead to a number of adverse health outcomes, including disability, falls, fractures, hospitalization, and death. Although it can affect both genders, it is also more common in women than men.

A Breakthrough in Treatment: Innovative Electrical Therapy for Sarcopenia

Now, researchers at South Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST) have developed an innovative bioelectric therapy capable of rejuvenating muscle cells in aging mice. The therapy involves applying a small electrical current to the muscles, stimulating muscle cells’ growth and regeneration.

The researchers found that the bioelectric therapy increased muscle mass and strength in the aging mice and also improved their performance on physical tasks.

The researchers believe that their bioelectric therapy has the potential to be used to treat a variety of muscle-related conditions, such as sarcopenia, muscular dystrophy, and muscle injuries.

Human Clinical Trials on the Horizon

If successful, this bioelectric therapy could be a major breakthrough in the treatment of muscle-related conditions. It would provide a safe and effective way to restore muscle function and improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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