Sarcopenia, Reduced Mobility and Aging

Posted by Joe on 5/8/2015 to Healthy Habits
As we get older, one of the most common things that happens, and can lead to loss of mobility, is muscle loss. This is called sarcopenia. Basically, after the age of 30, we begin to lose muscle mass. In fact, if you are physically inactive, you can lose 3-5% of your muscle mass per decade after age 30. Even if you stay active, you will lose some muscle.



After several decades, there is little doubt that loss of muscle mass can affect our strength and mobility. Sarcopenia tends to go faster after age 75, and is a leading cause of mobility problems, falls and fractures in older people. When we are younger, we usually have more muscle strength and can prevent ourselves from falling after we trip. This becomes more difficult in our 60s and beyond.

As you may be able to guess, the best way to fight age-related muscle loss is exercise! Specifically, you should try to engage in some form of strength training at least once per week. Resistance training has been shown over time that it can have a positive impact on an elderly neuromuscular system as well as the protein synthesis rate.

Some women who have experienced menopause may try hormone replacement therapy, which can boost lean body mass and reduce fat. However, HRT can cause a higher risk of some cancers, so check with your doctor to see if it is advised in your case.

Remember, even if you have limited mobility and use a walker, you still can go for walks and do strength training. Try our Easy Fold and Go Walker:




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