One of the most notable risks associated with ageing is sarcopenia – an age-related decline in muscle mass and strength, and from our early 60s through our 70s, the risk increases by nearly fourfold.
With reduced muscle mass comes impaired physical function, reduced strength, poorer coordination and increased risk of trips and falls. 😓
Also, sarcopenia may lead to false negatives in an obesity diagnoses – this is because a patient may appear to fall within a healthy BMI range even though their body composition has deteriorated (e.g., less muscle and more body fat), leaving you at risk of various obesity related diseases such as type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Many factors contribute to the development of sarcopenia, however physical inactivity and diet are the most common. Being physically active and consuming a healthy diet high in protein can offset the effects of sarcopenia and allow us to regain lost muscle and strength. Research shows that individuals who perform little to no physical activity have a 55% increased risk for sarcopenia compared to physically active individuals.
So, if you feel like being in your 60s is too late for you to get in shape, you couldn’t be more wrong! In-fact, it becomes even more critical to stay on top of our exercise, diet and lifestyle to help us live longer, reduce our risk of disease and injury, and improve our quality of life.
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