A Study to Determine the Benefits of a Dedicated Athlete Training Program to Reduce the Effects of Aging


About this study

The purpose of this study is to determine the degree of change and measure the benefits in fighting the consequences of aging, when a group of pre or early retirement individuals are put on a dedicated althlete training program and nutrition supplement.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Men and women
  • Between the ages of 55 and 65
  • Are representative of the average American, including a population where the majority are
    • overweight (BMI 25-35)
    • relatively inactive (less than 2 hrs of activity/week) or have no formal exercise program
    • pre-diabetic (fasting blood glucose <126 mg/dl)
    • high cholesterol (HDL <40mg/dl
    • TCL >200mg/dl
    • LDL >130mg/dl) 
    • elevated blood pressure (140/90 or higher)
    • early sarcopenia
    • early osteopenia
    • limited range of motion
    • chronic back pain, or arthritic
  • At the time of enrollment subject has no restrictions to exercise and will sign a form stating they have received approval for participation in this study from their primary care provider

Exclusion Criteria

  • Poorly controlled or unstable cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Clinically obese (body mass index >35)
  • Severe hypertension (>160/90 mm Hg)
  • Anatomic deformity (amputation)
  • Excessive alcohol intake (>3 drinks per day)
  • Chronic vestibular disease
  • Disorders with a highly variable course (e.g. multiple sclerosis)
  • Parkinson’s Disease or taking Levodopa
  • Malnutrition
  • Prior history of concussions
  • The inability to speak English, or the inability to follow directions
  • Inability to exercise
  • Currently already taking an amino acid supplement 
  • On hormone replacement therapy (women)

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Bruce Johnson, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Courtney Wheatley Ph.D.



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