Muscle Mass, Strength and Longevity

October 21, 2019


"When optimizing our health and longevity, prioritizing muscle mass and muscle strength are critically important considerations.  The changes that occur to our muscles as we age are profound.  These changes, as we will discuss, can have dramatic effects on our health.  Muscle mass starts to diminish as early as our 40’s.  That’s not old!  Muscle mass loss and decreases in muscle strength ramp up dramatically as we enter our 60’s.  If we do not optimize our muscle strength and muscle mass when we are younger, then the risks of muscle loss multiply and are harder to overcome as we age. This post is going to cover how muscle mass affects our overall health, why we lose muscle as we age, and how we can fight back against these changes. 


Sarcopenia should be a four-letter word: 


Sarcopenia is a fancy word for age-related loss of muscle mass.  Sarcopenia, or the decline of skeletal muscle tissue with age, is one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults. Sarcopenia starts to appear in our 40s!!! Loss of muscle mass is predictive of a shorter lifespan, and worse recovery after injury or surgery.  The causes of sarcopenia are debated, but it appears to be multifactorial, with neurological decline, hormonal changes, chronic inflammation, sedentary behavior, chronic illness, and poor nutrition, all looking to be related and contributing to the decline. 



This article illustrates why i would love to work more with the retired community. Whether they are early retirement or a veteran within that bracket. Slowing down excessively..doing less to the point of your only activity being walking then you are seriously setting yourself up for being less robust as you age. Lifting weights does not require a tonne of intensity but its benefits are huge. 



Ellen Langer 1979 'counterclockwise' experiment


Langer thought that maybe, just maybe, if you could put people in a psychologically better setting — one they would associate with a better, younger version of themselves — their bodies might follow along. "Wherever you put the mind, you're necessarily putting the body,"


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