WATCH: Herbalife on sarcopenia and heart health as key emerging women’s health issues in APAC

By Tingmin Koe contact

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Related tags: Herbalife, Women, sarcopenia, Heart health

Sarcopenia and heart diseases are two of the increasingly prevalent women’s health issues across APAC, according to new insights from Herbalife Nutrition.

In the case of sarcopenia, the company observed that there is an increasing trend of muscle loss, even amongst younger women.

This is due to a high refined carbohydrate and low protein diet, as well as a lack of exercise – factors which are crucial for muscle building.   

"We are seeing sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass even in younger people,” ​Susan Bowerman, senior director of worldwide nutrition education and training at Herbalife Nutrition told Nutraingredients-Asia.

"This can happen for a couple of reasons and diet is a big piece of it. We have a diet that is potentially lacking in protein but high in these refined carbohydrates and in many cases, young women are not getting enough strength training activities,” ​she said.

One of its current flagship protein supplements is Herbalife Formula 1 healthy meal nutritional shake mix.

In line with the emerging vegan trend, the company is considering the use of alternative protein sources, such as rice, pea, flax, quinoa, sesame, hemp in making new protein products.

On the other hand, the company observed that heart diseases, while common in men, is also becoming more prevalent among women who have reached the menopause. This is due to the loss of estrogen – the female hormone which could exert a heart protective effect.   

Recently, the company also formed an alliance with the National Health Product Research Alliance, and a key project is to develop a portable diagnostic tool that could perform DNA fingerprinting for identifying a particular botanical species.

Watch the video to find out more. 

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