Preventing muscle loss as we age

Preventing muscle loss as we age

“Use it or lose it.” I’m sure you’re familiar with this advice. And I hope you’ve been following it.

“Sarcopenia can be considered for muscle what osteoporosis is to bone,” Dr. John E. Morley, geriatrician at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, wrote in the journal Family Practice.

As Dr. Jeremy D. Walston, geriatrician at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, put it, “Sarcopenia is one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults" as you can read here.


But — and this is a critically important “but” — no matter how old or out of shape you are, you can restore much of the strength you already lost.


So, what are you waiting for? If you’re currently sedentary or have a serious chronic illness, check first with your doctor. But as soon as you get the go-ahead, start a strength-training program using free weights, resistance bands or machines.


Have a read of Jane Brody's article in the NY Times here is get additional insights for yourself of someone you know!

Preventing muscle loss as we age

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